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Canada denies it wants G20 to drop mention of Paris climate pact

During the summit, environment ministers of Germany, Canada, France, the U.K., Japan and Italy endorsed the Paris deal as “irreversible” to combat climate change.”The Environment Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, and European Commissioners responsible for environment and climate, reaffirm strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, which remains the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change and adapting to its effects”, the other nations said in the document.Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said a dialogue had been kept open with the U.S.to see if there were the conditions for Washington to reenter the Paris accord.The momentum of climate change efforts and the affordability of cleaner fuels will keep the United States moving toward its goals of cutting emissions despite the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris global accord, business and government leaders in a growing alliance said Tuesday. The draft statement asked member countries to sign off on their continued commitment to the global pact to fight climate change, the report said.The U.S. representative did not agree on the point.Pruitt, a known climate-change skeptic, left after the morning session to meet with Trump.Trump has said that his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris deal or set up a new agreement on “terms that are fair to the United States”, which is the world’s second biggest carbon emitter behind China.He said the other G7 countries hoped to continue constructive dialogue with the U.S. but insisted on the Paris parameters.Expectations for the G-7 talks were already low, given Trump’s decision June 1 to withdraw from the Paris agreement that was signed in 2015 by nearly 200 nations. It also specifically noted President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull out of the landmark Paris agreement on climate change.”I believe engaging in worldwide discussion is of the utmost importance to the United States when it comes to environmental issues”, Pruitt said in the statement. Two years ago, the climate change holdouts were Japan, which had to turn to coal-fired power after shutting down its nuclear power plants because of the 2011 quake, and Canada, which has since had a change of government. “Good, we’re for that”, Brown said in a speech closing out his trip at Tsinghua University in Beijing on 8 June.Pruitt made a habit in recent months of saying there is a USA trend toward lower emissions from a peak in 2007, thanks to the glut of fracked natural gas pushing out coal as a source of electric power.Leaders of the world’s most industrialized countries had tried to persuade Trump to stick to the agreement in the last G7 major summit held in Taormina, Italy, on May 26-28.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.McKenna said the Paris agreement could create economic opportunities worth “in the tens of trillions of dollars”.