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Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement

28 May 2017

The violent scenes came at the end of summit which also finished in division. "Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the United States will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said.

"He stands in stark isolation", said Alden Meyer, who has followed climate talks for two decades as director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Should Trump leave the pact, the USA would be the first country to exit, which would also be the second time that America has signed onto a global climate deal under a Democratic president only to walk away from the same agreement under a Republican predecessor, as President George W. Bush ultimately reneged on the Kyoto Protocol agreed to by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

German leader Angela Merkel said on Saturday that US President Donald Trump's G7 partners remained in the dark about his intentions on climate change, calling the debate at a summit in Sicily "very unsatisfactory".

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

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On Saturday, as the summit concluded in Sicily, Macron said in a press conference that he hopes that the U.S.

The G-7 leaders also cut a compromise deal to acknowledge Trump's stance on trade. While there was no deal on climate, there was broad agreement on Syria, North Korea and on ways to tackle terrorism in the wake of the attack in Manchester.

The final declaration pledged to "fight against protectionism" while "standing firm" against "unfair" trade practices. Six of the countries agreed to support the Paris climate change agreement; Trump tweeted he will decide next week. At the G7 in particular, his counterparts sought to sway him on climate change, free trade, Russian Federation and other issues.

Under Trump, who once called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China and wants to boost the U.S. coal industry, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit to respecting the global 2015 accord on curbing carbon emissions. Twenty-two Republican senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sent a letter to Trump urging him to withdraw from the deal.

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Trump's pending review of USA climate policies has left environmentalists bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries", Meyer said.

Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax.

But Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), one of Trump's energy advisers and a fossil fuel industry ally, recently said that the US should remain in the Paris Agreement in order to keep a seat at the global table and renegotiate the accord's provisions.

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Trump to decide next week whether to quit Paris climate agreement