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G-7 Talks Leave Pruitt and USA as Climate Change 'Footnote'

19 Juin 2017

U.S. allies in the G7 said on Monday that action to contain devastating climate change was irreversible and could even be accelerated, despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris accord.

On Monday, Trudeau was pressed on his alleged comments by NDP leader Tom Mulcair.

"He (Trudeau) suggested simply limiting the statement to energy issues, something that Trump would likely support as well", said the report.

In this country, Mr. Trudeau signed an agreement last December with 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to put a price on carbon that would help Canada meet the 2030 target for curtailing emissions that was pledged in Paris.

"The characterization of the call in the article is incorrect", said Cameron Ahmad, a Trudeau spokesman. Further, all this assumes that humans are the chief drivers of climate change and that humans can control global climate a century into the future.

The decision to not join the G7 commitment to climate change comes almost two weeks after President Trump said he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal.

At a meeting in Italy, environmental ministers from G-7 nations released a lengthy communique on climate change, including detailed commitments from each nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of their promises under the Paris deal.

With Germany's environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, also departing early and France's Nicolas Hulot not arriving until Monday because of legislative elections, there appeared little prospect of substantial bridge building on an issue which has caused significant tensions between Donald Trump's administration and key United States allies. "Let's be clear: the U.S.is bigger than one administration", she said.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attended the G7 meeting but left the summit one day early on Saturday, after other countries bashed Trump's decision to leave the Paris accord.

"The United States has always been a world leader when it comes to environmental stewardship", Pruitt said in a statement.

Catherine McKenna, minister of environment for Canada which will host the G7 process in 2018, said they hoped the United States might yet return to the fold to at least some extent. The other two countries never joined: Nicaragua didn't feel as though the Paris Agreement was ambitious enough, and a vicious civil war and global sanctions left Syria unable to attend the negotiations.

"Climate change is real", wrote Musk, who has touted his electric-vehicle and solar-energy businesses as direct responses to the dangers of climate change. "It was very sad to see the United States was relegated to a footnote on climate action".

The unexpected concession to the climate-doubting president would run counter to recent public statements made by Trudeau's Liberal government as it portrayed itself as a champion of the 2015 global agreement that was signed in Paris to limit the pollution that contributes to climate change.

G-7 Talks Leave Pruitt and USA as Climate Change 'Footnote'