The Energy 202: Trump stands alone at G-20 on Paris climate accords
When the leaders of 20 of the world’s largest economies met in Germany over the weekend, they were presented with the first opportunity to meet with the president to reject the Paris climate agreement Trump – or at least point out that Also hesitant in his engagement in this.
But at the end of what observers saw as the top “G-19 of 1”, the balance of this equation remains the same. Nineteen of the 20 countries participating in the annual meeting of the Group of 20 have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement. The United States was left alone.
Days before the meeting, it was not clear that this would be the case. “Saudi Arabia has said it is unlikely to be boarded,” the New York Times said last week, “and Russia, Turkey and Indonesia send mixed signals on the force with declaring their support for the Paris agreement.”
But for now, each of these countries, which, like the US, have the fossil fuel resources, which would be dissuaded from flying away, signed the final G-20 communiqué, with the promise that Each of its goal is to achieve its national emission targets.
“The leaders of the other G-20 pointed out that the Paris Agreement is irreversible,” the document said. He continued: “We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris Agreement.”
Meanwhile, the United States’ contribution to the climate section of the statement noted that the United States would help others to “access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and more efficiently,” in reference to the efforts of the United States to supply liquefied natural gas to South Korea, India and Eastern Europe.
The United States has not signed the “Action Plan for Climate and Energy” that came out of the meeting.
In this sense, the White House has made a small victory: the language in the final communique of US fossil fuel promotion has been strong opposition from European leaders Michael Birnbaum and Damian Paletta reported on Saturday. However, he entered the press.
But overall, the G-20 was a victory for the host country’s leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – at least on the climate issue – despite the White House’s efforts to describe it otherwise.
“One of the main issues was climate and energy,” Merkel said, adding that the United States “unfortunately left the climate deal.”
French President Emmanuel Macron was even more accentuated in his comments.
“I grant nothing in the direction of pushing them against multilateralism,” said Mr. Macron summit. Scoring global unity on climate change – unless the United States – Macron announced that there would be another climate summit in Paris in December to mark the two years of the agreement.