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We need worldwide co-operation on climate change, says Gove in Trump attack

18 June 2017

"It was very sad to see that the United States was relegated to a footnote on climate action", McKenna told reporters Monday, saying she told Pruitt the pact is not up for renegotiation and that he left the meeting after a couple of hours.

According to sources with access to the meeting, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the United States will maintain its engagement in measures to combat global warming as a signatory to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, based on which the Paris accord was concluded.

The momentum of existing climate-change efforts and the availability natural gas, wind and solar power mean those loyal to the Paris accord in the US will have an easier time, with emissions expected to fall overall for years, said Robert Perciasepe with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, who worked with Bloomberg's group on the climate pledge.

The unexpected concession to the climate-doubting president would run counter to recent public statements made by Trudeau's Liberal government as it portrayed itself as a champion of the 2015 global agreement that was signed in Paris to limit the pollution that contributes to climate change. "And we're going to persuade other states and do everything we can to get the whole United States of America fully supporting all the efforts needed to decarbonise America's economy - and, in fact, the world's economy".

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On June 1, President Donald Trump announced the United States is pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Energy ministers failed to agree to a common statement thanks to the USA, leaving the Italian presidency to simply publish a chair summary.

Greenpeace's global executive director, Jennifer Morgan, said: "Paris is non-negotiable and the leadership shown by the G6 countries, along with the cities, states and businesses in the USA in moving the agreement forward swiftly is fundamental". "International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment".

"The prime minister does not oppose the Paris agreement from being discussed at the G20". The U.S. will become the third country not to be part of Paris. But U.S. business leaders in many sectors, including energy, technology and manufacturing, have embraced the treaty.

President Barack Obama's voluntary USA target under the Paris Agreement was to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, partly by restricting coal-fired power plants.

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That came after Trump met the leaders of other G7 countries for their own summit in Italy.

"He also mentioned he wants to engage with the (UN's) Climate Change secretariat", she said.

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.

The Plains states will benefit greatly from the president's decision to leave the Paris agreement, including fewer burdensome regulations, more choices for consumers, lower energy and food prices, additional jobs and greater economic freedom.

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