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Automakers Prioritize Climate Despite Trump's Decision

14 June 2017

Pruitt traveled to Italy alongside six top environment officials from the other G7 countries and participated in the opening session about climate action on Sunday before heading back to the United States for a cabinet meeting several hours later.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday denied he had suggested deleting mentions of the Paris climate pact from the final communique of a major summit to appease U.S. President Donald Trump.

Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, who is leading the G-7 environment meeting in Bologna, said that despite the split, dialogue had to continue, including on other environmental issues such as ocean pollution.

A communiqué released Monday included a statement that the environment ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and European commissioners responsible for climate "reaffirm strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement".

The US has refused to sign up to a G7 pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

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While the US signed on to the document, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt included an addendum that makes clear America will not participate in the Paris pact.

"We the United States of America continue to demonstrate through action, having reduced our Carbon dioxide footprint as demonstrated by achieving pre-1994 Carbon dioxide levels domestically", reads the administration's position statement, which was included as a footnote of the G7 communique.

As a result, the US said it would not join those sections of the communique on climate and multilateral development banks. "Let's be clear: the bigger than one administration", she said.

"The transition to a low-carbon economy is on the march and it has an irreversible dynamic, including in the United States", he said in comments that played on the name of Macron's Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) party.

Trump has sometimes dismissed man-made climate change as a hoax even though a United Nations panel of leading scientists says it is at least 95 percent probable that man-made emissions were the main cause of warming since the 1950s.

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The Environmental Summit being held on Sunday and Monday is scheduled to discuss issues that include climate change, sustainable development, and litter at sea, all important issues to everyone and encompassing more than just the environment, but health and the global economy.

Pruitt, a known climate-change skeptic, left after the morning session to meet with Trump. And Trudeau joined five other G7 country leaders in Italy on May 27 in an effort to persuade Trump to remain in the agreement.

Trump calls the pact unfair to the USA, saying it would hurt the economy while doing next to nothing to prevent global warming.

Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations official in charge of implementing the Paris accord, stressed that Trump's pullout would not make any difference in the short-term.

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Automakers Prioritize Climate Despite Trump's Decision