We need international co-operation on climate change, says Gove in Trump attack

14 June, 2017, 07:10 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
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Screenshot of mid-century strategy filings by parties to the Paris Agreement

The president's decision to pull the U.S. out of the world's first comprehensive agreement on tackling climate change and seek renegotiated terms "fair" to America drew widespread worldwide condemnation earlier this month.

Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, who is leading the G-7 environment meeting in Bologna, said that despite the split, dialogue had to continue, including on other environmental issues such as ocean pollution.

However, the US refused to sign a joint statement on climate change with the other G7 countries.

The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015 to outline what the world needs to do to limit the increase in temperature of the planet to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was among the loudest critics of the Paris deal in the Trump administration.

Erik Solheim, the head of the UN's Environment Program, called on the United States to lead global action on climate change, despite the Trump administration's ongoing assault on environmental regulations.

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The statement says that the Paris agreement remains as the global mechanism to effectively and urgently handle climate change and for the adaptation to its effects, while reiterating that it is irreversible and its comprehensive management is crucial for the security and prosperity of the world, societies and economies. "Europe is now more united than ever".

Pruitt was not around for the joint statement issued by the G7 ministers on Monday, where the U.S. stood apart from its peers on climate change. By withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, the United States is now the third country to reject it, the other two countries being Syria and Nicaragua.

Before his departure, Pruitt's counterparts from Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Japan and Italy expressed their disappointment at President Donald Trump's recent decision to pull the USA out of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Trump said the accord would hurt American workers.

Donald Trump is as unlikely to attack the shale industry as he is to revive coal, which means the most important climate tool in America's toolbox is going to be there for the foreseeable future. He added the "US is increasingly isolating itself" and leaving other countries to take the lead.

Trump cited the negative impact of the treaty on the USA auto industry, among many others.

Trump announced in June that the United States would not be bound by Paris targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saying they were unfairly damaging to the American economy and overly generous to India and China. Fracking will continue to reduce American emissions during Trump's presidency, just as it did during his predecessor's, and now that we've abandoned the predominant worldwide climate strategy, grassroots alternatives will benefit from more time, money, and attention from greens.

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