Kerry says United States climate goals in reach despite Trump Paris pullout

Kerry says United States climate goals in reach despite Trump Paris pullout

Kerry says United States climate goals in reach despite Trump Paris pullout

On Monday, the United States refused to sign onto a G7 pledge calling the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, says the United States and the rest of the G-7 are far apart on the Paris Climate Agreement and will remain so.

Pruitt traveled to Italy alongside six top environment officials from the other G7 countries and participated in the opening session about climate action on Sunday before heading back to the United States for a cabinet meeting several hours later.

In particular, it seems to suggest the United States is increasingly isolated as other nations reiterate their commitment to climate action in group statements and the United States, via footnote, says it isn't part of all that.

Pruitt, however, said in a statement he is "resetting the dialogue" on the topic, and believes that the "Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated".

Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries on Monday agreed to language on an array of environmental topics, while said that the United States stood apart from the other six countries on confronting climate change.

Trump said Washington would not be bound by the targets on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases set down in Paris, and will cut funding for developing countries affected by climate change.

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

"The United States will continue to engage with key global partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities", the communique read in a note.

California Governor Jerry Brown has been spending this week meeting with Chinese government officials, encouraging them to follow the state's climate change mandate and zero emission vehicle rules and incentives. The other G7 members, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Japan, and Italy agreed at last month's political summit to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and make it work.

In a statement on Monday, he defended the US position.

In addition, 274 US mayors representing 58 million Americans have signed onto a statement prepared by the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) network to uphold the Paris Agreement, as of the evening of June 7, 2017.

If we fail to globally curb carbon emissions, the world will continue to grow warmer, sea levels will rise and we'll face more intense storms, droughts and floods. And Trudeau joined five other G7 country leaders in Italy on May 27 in an effort to persuade Trump to remain in the agreement.

Supporters of the USA withdrawal said the pact would impose unfair environmental standards on the US and endanger jobs in the fossil-fuel sector and other industries.

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