At the G7 summit in Italy this week, the U.S. did not sign a statement with other G7 nations committing to the implementation of the Paris climate agreement, which President Donald Trump pledged during the campaign that he will withdraw from.
In a statement, Italy’s industry and energy minister Carlo Calenda said U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has stated that the U.S. is reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on the Paris climate agreement.
Instead, Perry is more interested in pushing for a commitment to “[h]igh efficiency, low-emission coal and natural gas with adequate financing from multi-lateral development banks and private sector investment.”
The Daily Caller reports:
“Innovation is also a top priority for the Trump Administration,” Perry said. “We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough technologies and developing the necessary policies that will help renewables become competitive with traditional sources of energy.”
As a candidate, Trump vowed to withdraw from the Paris agreement and he has already issued executive orders to dial back regulations that the Obama administration relied on to meet his Paris targets.
European diplomats have been urging the Trump administration to keep its commitment to the Paris agreement, but most Republicans are opposed to it.