California signs low-carbon pact with China in defiance of Trump

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Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended the first few hours of the two-day summit before returning to Washington for a Cabinet meeting, U.S. officials said.

"In an opinion piece written after President Trump's recent announcement that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, Nobel Prize victor Joseph Stiglitz wrote, "... the rest of the world can not let a rogue us destroy the planet".

Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, says the United States and the rest of the G-7 are far apart on the Paris Climate Agreement and will remain so.

France's environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, said he hoped many countries would follow France's lead in scaling up their pledges and accelerating the timetable on implementing Paris benchmarks in response to the USA withdrawal.

U.S. allies in the G7 said on Monday that action to contain devastating climate change was irreversible and could even be accelerated, despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris accord.

The five-day visit by Jerry Brown, a Democrat, came just days after Trump declared on 1 June that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Accord, which broadly commits 195 countries to try and keep the global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump's representative at the meeting, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environment Protection Agency, was unrepentant, insisting United States action spoke louder than words.

"Every country but the United States expressed their absolutely unwavering commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris agreement", she said in a conference call with reporters Monday. The leaders' communiqué, agreed just days before Trump announced he would pull out of the Paris agreement, said the USA was not in a position to join the consensus because it was still reviewing its climate policies.

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All environment ministers but Pruitt agreed at the Italian meeting that Paris is irreversible, continuing the isolation of the world's biggest economy and second-biggest emitter.

Trump announced at the start of this month that the U.S. would not abide by the 2015 Paris agreement and would seek to renegotiate terms he denounced as unfairly damaging to the American economy and overly generous to India and China.

As a result, the US said it would not join those sections of the communique on climate and multilateral development banks.

But the United States pointedly did not sign on.

"Scott Pruitt's many distortions and falsehoods about the Paris agreement, the reality of the climate threat, and the economic and employment benefits of the clean energy revolution have been sharply rejected by the other G7 environment ministers".

According to Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Pruitt told delegates in the opening session that the United States wanted to continue making efforts in combating climate change. The group says that it represents 120 million Americans and $6.2 trillion in contributions to the US economy.

In fact, the day after the president's announcement, a total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities signed on to what is in fact an "America First" climate pledge to see that the USA "remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions".

"The Forum continues to provide an opportunity to work with the administration and other corporate leaders on policies that support a strong and competitive economy and automotive industry".

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