Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Canada denies it wants G20 to drop mention of Paris climate pact

Canada denies it wants G20 to drop mention of Paris climate pact

Stressing that "we worked to build bridges", Galletti reiterated that for six of the seven members, excluding the USA, "the Paris climate agreement is irreversible, non-negotiable and the only possible instrument to fight climate change".

Greenpeace's Jennifer Morgan, said: "Paris is non-negotiable and the leadership shown by the G6 countries, along with the cities, states and businesses in the U.S. in moving the agreement forward swiftly is fundamental".

The G7 environment ministers issued a final communique Monday after their two-day meeting, the first since the United States announced it was withdrawing from the Paris climate pact.

Pruitt only attended the meeting for a couple of hours, McKenna says and his officials who remained behind didn't say much during the remainder of the negotiations.

"Mary Barra's participation on the President's Strategy and Policy Forum provides GM a seat at an important table to contribute to a constructive dialogue about key policy issues", the company said. "But it's a G7 that made a step forward because it maintained a dialogue".

Already through the first day of works, however, it was quite clear the rift on climate between the USA and their major allies was much likely to remain unchanged. With a rogue superpower being led by a person who advocates numerous wrong solutions, perhaps there is a chance the rest of the world can unite to implement the correct ones.

The U.S. has said it is open to renegotiating the accord, arguing that it imposes less stringent emissions standards on China, India and others. "Good, we're for that", Brown said in a speech closing out his trip at Tsinghua University in Beijing on 8 June. Engagement is essential to protecting and using our natural resources.

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The text affirms the importance of the Paris deal, the urgency of holding the planet's warming below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the vulnerability of small island nations and least-developed countries, and more.

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

"The U.S.is now left as a footnote to climate action and that's very sad", said Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. "I also reiterated our commitment to work with provinces as well as states, cities, businesses and all actors committed to building on ambitious climate action under the Paris agreement".

Important players in USA industry and individual cities and states are already implementing changes to meet targets laid down in Paris.

That means that instead of the G6 against the G1 as in Bologna, it will likely be the G19 against the G1.

The Trump administration has started to roll back redundant and costly regulations on the energy sector, but as Trump said in his announcement, staying in the agreement would pose serious obstacles to unlocking the restrictions of unnecessary regulations.

Eric Wolff contributed reporting from Washington.

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