US scuppers G7 bid to find joint stance on energy and climate
12 April, 2017, 02:44 | Author: Paula Vaughn
Minister Carr had his second bilateral meeting in as many weeks with U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and also held bilateral meetings with representatives of other G7 partners, including Carlo Calenda, Italy's Minister for Economic Development; Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy; Rainer Baake, Germany's State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; Osuke Takagi, Japan's State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry; and Nick Hurd, U.K. Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry.
"Innovation is also a top priority for the Trump Administration", Perry said.
"Therefore, we believe it is wise for countries to use and pursue highly efficient energy resources", Perry said in a statement after his meeting in Rome with energy ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union.
"They stressed that continued investment in the energy sector, in particular in quality energy infrastructure, in upstream development, in low emissions and in low carbon technologies and in energy efficiency, remains critically important for ensuring future energy security and mitigating risks to sustainable growth of global economy", he added.
The two day meeting was marred by a stand-off over the inclusion of a commitment to tackling climate change in the customary joint statement that is released at the close of G7 summits.
Climate financing was a major bone of contention during negotiations to seal a new global deal to curb and reduce climate-warming greenhouse gases in Paris at the end of 2015, with China and other developing nations adamant that the bulk of the burden should fall to advanced industrialized nations like the United States. President Barack Obama committed the U.S.to cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
The Trump White House is understood to be continuing to review whether the USA should remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement in order to retain some influence at the global talks or make good on President Trump's campaign pledge to withdraw from the agreement.
The White house is split on whether or not to keep Trump's campaign pledge. Since his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump has appointed Scott Pruitt, a vocal critic of anti-climate change efforts, to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Former ExxonMobil CEO turned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has spoken on his support of the Paris agreement in the past.
European diplomats have been lobbying the Trump administration to stay in the Paris agreement, touting the potential jobs created by expanded green energy use. President Barack Obama enthusiastically supported the agreement, which was adopted by the USA and more than 190 other countries in 2015.
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