G20 Leaders Shut Trump Out on Climate Change

Other world leaders continue to back Paris climate accord
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2017 12:21 PM CDT
G20 Leaders Shut Trump Out on Climate Change
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, poses with French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin prior to a meeting during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. Leaders of the world's top economic powers are wrapping up their search for common ground...   (Mikhail Klimentyev)

World powers lined up against US President Donald Trump on climate change Saturday, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming. The final statement of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, underlined that the other countries and the European Union supported the Paris climate agreement rejected by Trump, the AP reports. They called the deal to reduce greenhouse gases "irreversible" and vowed to implement it quickly and without exception. The other countries, from European powers such as Germany to emerging ones such as China and energy producers such as Saudi Arabia, merely "took note" of the US position, which was boxed off in a separate paragraph that the summit host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, made clear applied only to the United States.

She said the US position was "regrettable" but that the summit had achieved "good results in some areas," and cited a hard-won agreement on trade that does include Trump and the United States. On climate, summit deputies hashed out a three-part fudge that everyone could sign. That meant a first section with a broad pledge to fight climate change in general; a separate paragraph carved out that acknowledged the US did not support the Paris deal; and a third paragraph in which the other 19 members reaffirmed their support for the deal. Advocates for efforts against global warming expressed relief that the other countries had remained unanimous in support of the Paris accords. Click for more on the climate and trade agreements as well as other deals made at G20. (Read more G20 stories.)

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