G7 deadlocks on climate after U.S. declines to confirm Paris deal

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a leading ally of President Donald Trump's in the U.S. Senate, told Breitbart News exclusively in an interview in his office this week that at least six million U.S.jobs are at risk if President Trump does not pull out of the leftist Paris climate deal.

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, negotiated the deal and agreed reduce the country's emissions by between 26 and 28 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.

"We reiterate our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism, while standing firm against all unfair trade practices", said the line in the joint communique, which was just six pages long.

Macron's commendations of Trump followed tense discussions between G7 members about whether Trump would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate deal.

"President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries", Meyer said.

"I was sitting in on some of the discussions in Brussels, where climate change came up - and the president was open", Mattis told John Dickerson on "Face the Nation" on CBS News.

"There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was more downbeat, calling the G-7 climate talks "very hard, if not to say, very unsatisfactory". Trump's short-sighted actions could make the U.S. into a pariah state.

The gathering of leaders from the wealthiest democracies in the world ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the USA said it wanted to take more time to decide whether to stay on with the Paris accord - or back out, as Trump had promised to do on the campaign trail.

French President Emmanuel Macron praised Mr Trump's "capacity to listen" and his "intention to progress with us". "Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the USA will remain in the Paris accord or not", she said.

"The leaders from Europe, Canada, and Japan have made it crystal clear that they intend to fully implement their national commitments under the Paris Agreement, and to pursue efforts to decarbonize the global economy", Meyer said. "(.) It would be going tragically against the grain of history".

"Europe, Canada and Japan stood up today and made a stand, revealing again how far Trump is out of step with the rest of the world on climate change", Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace's worldwide executive director, said in Sicily.

"Leaders must now keep resolve".

"Trump's attempts to derail global climate action won't make America great, it will only make America late".

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