TRUMP SAYS NO TO G7 CLIMATE STATEMENT

The Trump administration has abstained from signing on to a Group of Seven climate change declaration.

The U.S. did not sign on to a section in the G7 communiqué that addressed the group’s commitment to climate change action, the Paris climate deal and international development funds focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change, according to a joint statement following a meeting of G7 environment ministers.

“The United States will continue to engage with key international partners in a manner that is consistent with our domestic priorities, preserving both a strong economy and a healthy environment,” the G7 communiqué said.

“We the United States do not join those sections of the communiqué on climate and [Multilateral Development Banks], reflecting our recent announcement to withdraw and immediately cease implementation of the Paris Agreement and associated financial commitments.”

The decision comes after Trump vowed earlier this month to pull out of the Paris deal, and two months after Energy Secretary Rick Perry held up a similar G7 energy declaration because of its focus on climate change.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, the U.S. representative to this weekend’s G7 gathering in Italy, said in a statement that the U.S. is “resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress.”

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