G7 summit ends in stalemate over agreement with US on gas emissions



The G7 summit has ended in deadlock without any agreement with the US to commit to the Paris climate agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
President Donald Trump said that he would make a decision next week on whether the US would commit to the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Mr Trump tweeted: “I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!”
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, slammed Mr Trump for what she called “a very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory” discussion about the issue.
She added: “Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the US will remain in the Paris accord or not.”
The new French president Emmanuel Macron said the G7 summit showed deep differences between six powers and the US on climate change.
He said that while he would not speculate on Mr Trump’s decision, he did believe the President was a pragmatist and he had hope the US will stay in the Paris climate accord.
Although all the other countries voted to abide by the agreement, Washington has resisted intense pressure from its partners to commit under the tenure of Mr Trump who once described climate change as a “hoax” perpetrated by China.
The United States is the world’s biggest carbon emitter after China.
As well as the stalemate on climate change there were divisions between the US and other G7 countries over trade and migration at the annual summit in Taormina, Italy, but an official said some progress had been made.

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