Trump Expected To Talk Climate Change At G-7 Summit

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 27, 2017

"The United States is evaluating its policy with regard to the climate, so the six other G7 countries will reaffirm their commitment (to the Paris accord) while taking note" of the USA position, a senior official told reporters.

Trump, who will return to the White House under a cloud of scandal, started Saturday at the second day of the G-7 summit in Sicily, bringing to an end a nine-day trip that started in Saudi Arabia and Israel before moving on to three European stops.

"It is clear that those advocating for greenhouse gas regulations will use the Paris Agreement as a legal defense against your actions to rescind the Clean Power Plan if you decide to remain in the Paris Agreement". European leaders have been pressuring Trump to stay in the accord during their meetings with him this week, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says G-7 talks on climate change were "unsatisfactory".

In another speech before becoming president, he remarked how the US needlessly "pays billions of dollars" for signing onto the agreement, comparing it to the Iran deal.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States", Trump said.

After deriding climate change as a hoax and pledging to pull out of the Paris deal during his election campaign, Mr Trump has sidestepped the issue and passed up an number of opportunities to outline his worldwide stance toward global warming.

He also predicted "fairly robust" talks on whether Trump should honor a United States commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The president has also called climate change a "hoax" created to raise taxes and told The Washington Post during a March 2016 interview that nuclear weapons were "our biggest form of climate change we should worry about". His top economic and national security advisers refused to answer questions during a press briefing Saturday.

The source adds that G-7 members were still wrestling over a statement on trade and whether it would condemn protectionism, as previous group statements have. Members of his administration are deadlocked about whether the USA should uphold the pact. On Twitter, the prime minister said he was not offended, and that it's natural for the US president to stand up front.

James Comey, the former FBI director leading the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation.

Japan was hoping to use the summit to push North Korea up the worldwide agenda with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to warn that the unpredictable regime in Pyongyang, "is a grave threat not only to East Asia but also to the world". He told reporters it was the first time that the G-7 had recognized the North Korean threat as a priority issue.

The G7, urged on by Japan, will also adopt common language against North Korea after a series of missile tests by the nuclear-armed nation.

The G-7 leaders already reached agreement on improving cooperation against terrorism in the wake of the bomb attack on a concert in Manchester on Monday night that left 22 people dead and dozens wounded.

"Regardless of what the United States administration does, it's vital that every signatory across the G7 and G20 adopts policies that drive better disclosure of climate risk, curb fossil fuel subsidies and put in place strong pricing signals sufficient to catalyze the significant private sector investment in low carbon solutions", she says.

"There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a sharp open split like this", he said. Trump, who denounced the deal during the campaign, has since said he's waiting to make a final decision.

Trump's also been pressured by European leaders who don't want the Paris Agreement to fall apart.

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