G7 leaders divided on climate change

29 May 2017, 04:20 | Noah Barnes

TAORMINA, Italy U.S. President Donald Trump will face pressure at his first summit of major industrialized nations on Friday from allies eager to promote free trade and safeguard global accords on climate change.

The G-7 leaders had better luck finding agreement on the other problematic topic at the summit, trade.

The summit kicked off with a ceremony at an ancient Greek theater perched on a cliff overlooking the sea where war ships patrolled the sparkling blue waters.

The backing of the Paris Agreement goals from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain is not a surprise.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He said the president, who has dismissed global warming as a "hoax", would make a final decision when he returned home, but stressed that he would put economic development first.

"What a ridiculous situation", Trump said in the post. German Chancellor Angela Merkel characterized climate change talks with Trump as "very unsatisfying". Trump may be willing to stay in the agreement, Cohn said, if the USA can scale back commitments made by former President Barack Obama.

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And up for debate, the peril of climate change and the urgency of U.S. commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emission, NPR reported.

"Big G7 meetings today".

"His views are evolving" on the Paris climate agreement, Cohn also said.

Advocates for stronger action to confront climate change said the message from the joint statement was that Trump remained unconvinced of the accord's value.

"Hundreds of US states, cities, and companies are also moving forward on climate action, as they recognize the tremendous economic development and job creation potential offered by rapid deployment of clean energy technologies". "That was a big topic where numerous European leaders talked about these global agreements ... without the United States it's sort of missing a big gap when you take the biggest economy out".

But Gentolini and other world leaders were not just waiting for internal reflection and added some external pressure, too.

"A lot of people in my country are against this agreement", Trump told Macron during their lunch, according to this person.

President Trump's pressuring of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to pay their fair share for a common defense is "consistent" with the message delivered by past administrations, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told "Face the Nation" in an interview on Saturday.



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