Global Warming

US scuppers G7 joint statement on climate change

All countries except the US wanted to issue a joint declaration reaffirming the group’s commitment to the global climate agreement adopted by virtually every country in Paris in December 2015.

However, Rick Perry, US energy secretary, told his counterparts that Washington was still reviewing its policies and “reserves its position on this issue”, according to a “chair summary” of what the gathering discussed.

This meant it was not possible to sign a joint statement, said Carlo Calenda, Italy’s economic development minister and the host of the gathering, which ended on Monday.


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