The gap between the United States and other large industrialized economies on climate change continued to grow at the Group of Seven (G7) ministerial talks on environment, in which most members agreed to strongly back the Paris agreement, with US objections noted in a stand-alone footnote.
Trump announced the US withdrawal on June 1, and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy immediately released a statement expressing their regret over the USA decision. It says the leaders "reaffirmed their commitment to multilateralism, combating climate change, strengthening environmental protection, as well as pursuing clean energy and sustainable development".
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt talks with German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks during a summit of Environment ministers from the G7 group of industrialised nations in Bologna, Italy June 11, 2017.
In remarks during the two days of talks and at their conclusion, some leaders vowed to continue with climate action despite the USA stance.
Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said a dialogue had been kept open with the U.S.to see if there were the conditions for Washington to reenter the Paris accord.
The U.S. refused to endorse the summit's final statement in the part concerning climate, following President Donald Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.
She also said she told Pruitt that the accord is "not open for renegotiation, although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules".
The U.S. representative did not agree on the point.
Minister McKenna's G7 counterparts expressed their appreciation for Canada's leadership and concrete actions to implement the Paris Agreement, including our commitment to put a price on pollution across the country.
Despite the decision by the U.S., the second biggest polluter after China, to pull out of the deal, many analysts suggest the shift to a low-carbon economy is now unstoppable, with renewable prices tumbling and new clean technology being developed and deployed.
Britain and Canada also did not sign the joint statement.
Hulot's comments about the irreversibility of the deal struck in Paris in 2015 were echoed by other senior officials in Bologna.
The meeting's divided conclusion mirrored events at a meeting of G7 leaders attended by Trump in Sicily last month which sparked a rift with Germany in particular.
"The U.S.is bigger than one administration, and we're going to be moving forward with the states, cities and businesses in the United States that are committed to serious climate action", McKenna said.