Trump’s energy review blocks Group of Seven from consensus

Trump's energy review blocks Group of Seven from consensus

ROME — Top energy officials from the Group of Seven industrial nations failed to agree on language for a joint declaration on Monday because of the U.S. administration’s review of policies related to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Italy’s economic development minister, Carlo Calenda, told a news conference that those areas remained “key priorities for other G-7 countries and the EU” but that the United States “reserves its position” while the review is underway.

“Therefore it was not possible to sign a final joint declaration, since it would not cover the whole range of topics in the agenda,” he said.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry led the U.S. delegation to the talks that were being closely watched by climate change activists after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that was part of his pledge to undo much of his predecessor’s efforts against global warming.

While campaigning for president, Trump pledged to “cancel” the Paris Agreement, the first international deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from both rich and poor countries. President Barack Obama enthusiastically supported the agreement, which was adopted by the U.S. and more than 190 other countries in 2015.

Another official at the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not the official spokesman of his delegation, said the meeting failed to agree on a draft joint statement because it included a reaffirmation of commitments made under the Paris Agreement.

“Perry and his team were not ready to accept that, mainly on the argument that they are reviewing their policies and have not yet taken a position on the Paris Agreement,” he said.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the U.S. delegation.

Trump’s order launched a review of the Clean Power Plan, Obama’s effort to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Trump also lifted a 14-month halt on new coal leases on federal lands.

EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete noted that except for the United States, all G-7 nations joined the EU in reaffirming their determination to implement the Paris Agreement.

“We see climate action and the clean energy transition for what it is: a driver of jobs and economy growth, a moral imperative and a promise for a better future,” he said.

Officials noted that said consensus was reached on co-operation to support energy security in Ukraine, the future role of natural gas and cybersecurity in the energy sector.

Greenpeace activists protested outside, calling on officials to maintain their commitments to reduce greenhouse gases under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

____

Barry reported from Milan.

Karl Ritter And Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Just Posted

VIDEO: Rubbing shoulders with country stars a dream for aspiring young Langley singer

One day soon, maybe, 10-year-old Mackenzie Hurtubise will sing at the Basics for Babies fundraiser.

Giants back in Langley hoping to continue winning streak

The G-Men defeated Royals in Victoria Saturday, the second triumph of the week over the same team.

PHOTOS: Langley City parents given relief from holiday chaos

A Timms Community Centre event Saturday offered a variety of activities for young children.

Langley’s assistant lacrosse captain tallies up five goals in Calgary loss

Stealth fell to Roughnecks, but hoping for comeback on Dec. 29 in New England.

LETTER: Not too late to protect the character of Brookswood

With election year coming, a letter writer suggests council be held accountable for re-development.

VIDEO: Recovering addict shares art and story to motivate others

A Langley City man spends time each day painting in McBurney Plaza.

Update: RCMP arrest domestic assault suspect west of Kamloops.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team made the arrest at around 4:30 p.m.

Owl found dead after eating rat poison leaves B.C. woman concerned

After finding the owl on her Surrey property, Christine Trozzo says the poison is a concern for kids

Change to CPP death benefit panned as insufficient to cover funeral costs

Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Family Christmas fun at Aldergrove’s Loft Country farm

The Loft Country children’s horse camp in Aldergrove is celebrating Christmas in a new way this year

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Most Read