No interest in renegotiating Paris climate deal; McKenna

Our actions will continue to be inspired and guided by the growing, global momentum to tackle climate change and to accelerate the irreversible transition to low-carbon, climate resilient and resource-efficient economies. A source familiar with the matter said Trudeau had last month strongly urged Trump to stay in.

The United States refused to sign a Group of Seven pledge Monday in yet another move to reject the landmark Paris climate agreement that has been signed by almost every country on the planet.

The bilateral agreement comes as the U.S. administration refused to add its name alongside other countries to a G7 communique on climate change issued yesterday following a two-day meeting of environment ministers in Italy.

The communique includes this item on climate science that the USA also refused to sign onto: “We support an interactive evidence-based dialogue drawing on the best available science, including reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change”.

Take, for example, what happened at a meeting of the environment ministers from the Group of 7 industrialized nations on Sunday and Monday.

Trump’s representative at the meeting, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environment Protection Agency, was unrepentant, insisting United States action spoke louder than words. He has said the US could try to re-enter the deal under more favorable terms, but the European Union – and in particular Italy, France and Germany – have said the Paris accord cannot be renegotiated.

Trump’s decision to pull the United States from the landmark 2015 Paris agreement drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry.

Asked what he would say to Mr Trump, Mr Gove said: “I’d say to him that, …”

“I made it clear that the Paris agreement is not open for renegotiation although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules”.

The agreement is non-binding.

“Obviously U.S is a massive economy and its contribution would be very fundamental to the operation of environmental and climate reforms within developing countries like PNG”, he stated. Nicaragua held out because it felt the agreement did not go far enough.