U.S. CLI­MATE SCEP­TI­CISM CLOUDS G20 MEET

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists slam US threat to pull out of Paris ac­cord

New Straits Times - - World - BADEN-BADEN (Ger­many)

AFTER threat­en­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal fi­nanc­ing with the axe, United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion on Satur­day de­fied the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity by re­fus­ing to re­new a pledge on com­bat­ing cli­mate change.

Fi­nance min­is­ters from the G20 top economies meet­ing in the west­ern spa town here were forced to leave out an en­tire sec­tion re­lated to the Paris ac­cord on com­bat­ing cli­mate change, after Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin said green is­sues were “not in my track”.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists con­demned the de­ci­sion, slam­ming the world’s big­gest econ­omy for “keep­ing am­bi­tions down”.

Trump, who once claimed that cli­mate change was a Chi­nese hoax, has said he would roll back Amer­i­can en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions aimed at curb­ing the prob­lem and has threat­ened to pull the US out of the Paris ac­cord on com­bat­ing cli­mate change.

In his first na­tional bud­get on Thurs­day, he pro­posed a dras­tic cut in en­vi­ron­men­tal fi­nanc­ing, in­clud­ing slash­ing funds for the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency by a third, as well as elim­i­nat­ing con­tri­bu­tions linked to United Na­tions cli­mate change pro­grammes. AFP

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Par­tic­i­pants in a ‘No G20’ demon­stra­tion break through a wall of black car­tons on a street in BadenBaden, Ger­many, on Satur­day.

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