One of the leading international political and economic summits, G20, just wrapped up in Argentina with many of the world’s top leaders. Among this year’s major talking points was trade reform and climate change. However, while 19 of the nations, and their leaders, continued their pledge to fighting climate change in support for the Paris Climate Accords, President Trump continued to reject it.
This comes a year and a half after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Agreement, and ironically, just days following a federally mandated climate change report that warned of grave risks in America as a result of global warming. President Trump, however, dismissed the climate change report, stating, “I don’t believe it.”
Vox has more from the G20 summit:
In a nonbinding communiqué released at the end of the summit, the signatories of the Paris climate agreement reaffirmed that the international accord “is irreversible” and that they are committed to its “full implementation,” promising to “continue to tackle climate change, while promoting sustainable development and economic growth.”
Except for the US, which got its own clause restating President Trump’s decision over the summer to remove the US from the agreement.
“The United States reiterates its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and affirms its strong commitment to economic growth and energy access and security, utilizing all energy sources and technologies, while protecting the environment,” the communiqué reads. CNN reports that the separate language on the Paris agreement was required for Trump to sign off on the statement.
You can read the full story on Vox.
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