In Italy over the weekend, McKenna met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and said she “made it clear that the Paris Agreement is not open for renegotiation”.
“Separate lengthy chapters on climate change and the role of multilateral development banks” were not endorsed by the U.S., Alden Meyer, who has followed global climate talks for more than two decades for advocacy group the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a note.
“There is a complete agreement on all issues apart from climate”, said Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti.
Almost 150 countries, including Canada, have ratified the Paris Agreement which calls for action to reduce pollution that traps heat in the atmosphere and to help developing countries adapt to climate change and cope with threats to their survival.
Germany, host of the G20 summit, plans to include climate change and clean energy in the discussions.
Pruitt left the meeting early, flying back to the US on Sunday evening. Last week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland argued in a seminal speech to the House of Commons that Canada can no longer rely on the USA for global leadership.
The statement is the latest indication of the growing gap between the US and other major world economies when it comes to the priority of confronting climate change and helping the world transition to cleaner forms of energy since US President Donald Trump said he planned to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change on June 1.
“And I think the Paris Accord which my friend Amber Rudd had a huge role in helping to shape is a significant step forward”.
As a result, the US said it would not join those sections of the communique on climate and multilateral development banks.
Iowa City and Johnson County have united with other local governments nationwide to continue climate-change action. With a rogue superpower being led by a person who advocates numerous wrong solutions, perhaps there is a chance the rest of the world can unite to implement the correct ones.
She said the G7 ministers also discussed the importance of US states, cities and businesses in tackling climate change.
The Paris Accord is an worldwide pact to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
In the point 7 of the 15-page final communique, they “reaffirm strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, which remains the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change, and adapting to its effects”.
Supporters of the Paris accord have called Trump’s move a blow to worldwide efforts to tackle dangers of global warming.
If the US follows through with its pledge to formally withdraw from the pact, which can not happen formally until November 4, 2020, the country would join just two others-Syria and Nicaragua-as non-parties to the agreement. During Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ confirmation process, he stated that “climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today” and that it “is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of-government response”.