Donald Trump delays decision on Paris Climate Accords

The statement made it clear that all the G-7 nations except the United States remain determined to carry out the Paris agreement.
By Harry Marcolis | May 29, 2017
US President Donald Trump declined to embrace the Paris Climate Accords on Saturday, seeking more time to decide whether Washington would pull out of the 195-nation agreement.

Trump's decision came even as the six other G-7 nations were prepared to reaffirm their commitment to reduce planet-warming pollutants.

The G-7 nations were to issue a joint statement, highlighting the continuing divisions between the United States and its allies about the global environmental deal.

According to an anonymous source who was briefed on the declaration's final language, it will also extend the uncertainty about what the US President would decide.

Three days of intense and contentious private discussions by the other six at the annual G-7 summit in Italy appeared to have ended with no compromise, with Trump remaining non-committal about his intentions regarding the 2015 pact.

In a tweet posted before the joint statement was officially released, Trump said: "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!"

The statement made it clear that all the G-7 nations except the United States remain determined to carry out the Paris agreement.

The statement's language provides Washington more time to resolve internal White House debates about whether to pull out of the pact. According to a second source who reviewed it, the final language of the statement says that the United States is "in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change, and on the Paris agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics."

Trump has long railed against what he described as the economic dangers of the climate accord.

 

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