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Top US environmental official Scott Pruit leaves G7 summit after brief appearance

13 Juin 2017

Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries on Monday agreed to language on an array of environmental topics, while said that the United States stood apart from the other six countries on confronting climate change.

Ministers and European Union representatives pose for a family photo at the opening of a two-day G7 summit on the environment, in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, June 11, 2017.

EPA head Scott Pruitt made his worldwide debut on Sunday at a climate conference in Bologna, Italy, but left halfway through the first day of the two-day event.

"They just announced the day after Trump's announcement (to leave the Paris agreement) that they'd be closing six more units at three different coal fired powered plants" Lipeles said.

While, Nick Loris a member of the Heritage Foundation, who had in fact pushed for the president to exit the Paris agreement went on to argue, "States and cities committing to climate plans that regulate affordable, dependable power sources out of existence or subsidize uncompetitive energy technologies is a harmful to families, businesses and taxpayers in those respective areas".

The announcement is a sign to the world that the United States is not interested in leading the global fight against climate change.

Italy, Germany, and France had already expressed such position in a joint statement on June 1, in which they defended the Paris deal, regretted president Trump's decision, and dismissed the idea the global agreement could be renegotiated.

With the environmental movement galvanized, and this new coalition of states, cities, and industries more energized than ever before to commit to mitigation efforts, we might see the United States bridge that gap even faster outside Paris.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , who was Mayor until past year , strongly backed his successor on Tuesday. Sadiq Khan said Trump was "wrong" about "many things" and should not be welcomed to the United Kingdom.

French minister Nicolas Hulot said United States allies were determined not to let Trump's controversial climate stance "poison" cooperation on other ecological issues, and said the world could work around the U.S. position, even though it is a damaging one.

"We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress", Pruitt said in statement issued by the EPA after the talks.

Presenting the communique Monday, Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, called the Paris accord "irreversible, non-negotiable and the only instrument possible to combat climate change".

The G-7 environment ministers were expected to issue a concluding declaration Monday.

Hendricks (pictured above, left) said it was an "important signal" that many U.S. states, cities and firms still adhered to Paris' goal of curbing climate-warming carbon emissions.

Important players in U.S. industry and individual cities and states are already implementing changes aimed at meeting the targets laid down in Paris, where most of the world's countries agreed to try and cap global temperature rises at 2C above pre-industrial levels. The remainder of the US delegation were largely quiet, she said.

An organizer of a Bologna demonstration due on Sunday afternoon, Giacomo Cossu, said: "A lot of people are very upset about Trump's decision".

Chile, Ethiopia, the Maldives and Ruanda are the four invited countries.

Top US environmental official Scott Pruit leaves G7 summit after brief appearance