A 15-page communique released at the end of the two-day ministerial summit made it clear there was a wide gap on the climate stance between USA and the other six countries, Xinhua news agency reported.
PRESIDENT Donald Trump's plan to withdraw the United States of America from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change is a setback for the efforts of responsible countries trying to reduce carbon emissions.
"Scott Pruitt's many distortions and falsehoods about the Paris agreement, the reality of the climate threat, and the economic and employment benefits of the clean energy revolution have been sharply rejected by the other G7 environment ministers".
The G20's finance ministers already walked back previous support for climate finance when they met in March because the US said it wasn't ready to sign on.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni have said the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated, urging their allies to speed up efforts to combat global warming.
Mr. Trump announced earlier this month that the USA will bow out of the global effort to avert the worst impacts of climate change, saying the Paris agreement would create job losses in the American coal, oil and natural gas industries, and in the manufacturing sector.
As of June 7, the U.S. Climate Alliance has amassed 12 states and Puerto Rico, collectively representing more than a hundred million Americans and a third of the U.S. GDP.
In a snipe at the Trump administration, Hendricks" ministry on Friday posted a "fact check' of Trump's speech announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris accord, claiming it contains "blatant fallacies". The coalition is committed to achieving the goal of reducing GHG emissions by 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2025, a goal enshrined in the US Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted under the Paris Agreement, and to meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.
The five-day visit by Jerry Brown, a Democrat, came just days after Trump declared on 1 June that the USA would pull out of the Paris Accord, which broadly commits 195 countries to try and keep the global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to lower greenhouse gas emissions. "He also mentioned he wants to engage with the (UN's) Climate Change Secretariat", she said. In recent years U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions have started to taper off; instead of trying to fulfill the U.S. pledge to cut emissions by a quarter to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025, Trump intends to reverse the ambitious environmental course charted under his predecessor Barack Obama.
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