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Tearfund 'disappointed' as Trump stalls on climate change deal

Andrew Cummings | 30 May, 2017, 06:53

In its final communique, G7 leaders said USA officials are "in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics".

A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of meetings were planned with chief executives of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement ahead of Mr Trump¦s expected announcement later in the week.

Merkel raised eyebrows in Washington and London a day earlier with comments some interpreted as a suggestion that the United States with Donald Trump as president and a Britain on its way out of the European Union were no longer reliable partners.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump tweeted that a decision regarding the Paris agreement will come next week.

"After the inauguration, everyone in Europe was hopeful that Trump would become more moderate and take into account the positions of the G7 and of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Mr Trump has reportedly told "confidants" including the head of the Environmental Protection Angency Scott Pruitt, he wants the United States to leave the worldwide agreement on climate change, the Axios news outlet reported, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Monday said President Trump's refusal to affirm the Paris climate agreement represents a "striking abdication of American leadership".

Back in 2012, Trump had tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive", in a comment that was picked up by former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign past year.

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Sarah Ladislaw, who heads the energy and national program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said any diplomatic blowback to the USA for withdrawing from Paris wouldn't manifest itself in a "one-for-one trade off".

In Brussels, Trump told French leader Emmanuel Macron that he is under "heavy" pressure regarding the climate deal, reports CNN.

Axios said the decision, if true, would unravel predecessor Barack Obama's climate policies and send a "combative signal" to the rest of the world that global warming isn't one of Trump's priorities.

And just like that, his first foreign trip is over.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was "very hard, very unsatisfactory to have a whole discussion about climate change, with six G7 leaders against one".

"It would be taken as a statement that climate change is not a problem; is not real", said Graham, who has previously spoken about climate change being caused by humans.

A final communique released at the summit in Sicily said the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan had voiced a "strong commitment"; however, the USA was "not in a position to join the consensus on these topics". Under the non-binding Paris agreement from previous year, participating countries committed to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.

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