Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

US will leave Paris climate deal

President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision on whether the US will stay in the Paris climate agreement next week.

US President Donald Trump has reportedly told 'confidants, ' including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, that he plans to leave a landmark global agreement on climate change. The White House has said Trump won't announce his decision on the Paris Agreement until after the summit. Six countries reaffirmed their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, but the United States did not join this consensus and is still reviewing its policies on climate change.

The annual Group of Seven (G7) meeting is being held in a chic Sicilian resort town, with Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, gently smoking in the background and the Mediterranean Sea gleaming beneath the cliffs.

Although failing to find immediate common ground on a G7 approach to climate change, the United States did give backing to statements opposing protectionist economic policies and supported further sanctions on Russian Federation should they be deemed necessary. "We were all very clear about that and about the role of the Paris agreement". He's spending time on climate. Hundreds of corporations and investors have endorsed the Paris agreement pact, including oil companies Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Exxon Mobil, which was previously led by Tillerson. He's not made a final decision on Paris.

Sherpa is the nickname given to each senior bureaucrat who represents each leader in the negotiations that precede the summit and continue after the leaders arrive.

"His views are evolving, he came here to learn", Cohn said.

President Donald Trump privately told several confidants that he will be pulling out of the Paris climate deal, three sources with direct knowledge told Axios. Anxious about Trump's tendency to make things worse for himself with unscripted remarks, the White House staff has kept the president a safe distance from journalists for most of the trip.

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Mr Trump's attitude to climate change made the G7 talks "very difficult" said German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left). His Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, has said the United States reserves the right to be protectionist if trade arrangements are unfair to US companies and workers.

"There is one open question, which is the USA position on the Paris climate accords". Trade was a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed.

French President Emmanuel Macron praised President Donald Trump's "capacity to listen" and his "intention to progress with us".

Marcon and Trump were both attending a G-7 summit for the first time. Trump has a long and vocal history of denying global warming, and has repeatedly claimed it is a hoax.

Environmental groups in the United States, at this point running out of adjectives for the depressing state of this administration's climate policy, did not mince words.

Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the US can scale back commitments made by former President Barack Obama.

Accusations from US intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the USA election to help Trump, and investigations into his campaign's contacts with Russian officials, have dogged his presidency and prevented him from delivering on a campaign promise to get close to Moscow. Trump had earlier claimed there is no evidence that humans are causing climate change.

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