Merkel says Germany can't rely on U.S. or Trump

Toby Manning
May 31, 2017

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he would make a decision next week on whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.

He also pointed to a quote from Malcolm Turnbull from November a year ago, when Turnbull was asked if Australia would remain in the Paris agreement if then president-elect Trump followed through on his threat to cancel the emissions reductions commitments made by Barack Obama in December 2015.

Trump, who for months has delayed a decision on the climate agreement, made his announcement at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Taormina, Italy. The pact is aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

Mr. Trump has always been a critic of climate change.

The employment minister, Michaelia Cash, says Australia's national interest is best served if Donald Trump stays the course with the Paris climate agreement.

Climate was among the most disputed issues separating Trump from other leaders at the two-day meeting on the Sicilian coast.

"Having been a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officer, under President Bush and President Obama, and then having been back there in Brussels representing the Department of Defense under President Trump ... this is a consistent message that we have given the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations", Mattis said.

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And according to an unnamed French official cited by CNN, Trump told French president Emmanuel Macron in Brussels that "a lot of people in my country are against this agreement".

Ms Merkel said that as the traditional western alliance is threatened by the new USA presidency and Brexit, "the times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days".

"The whole discussion about climate has been hard, or rather very unsatisfactory", Merkel told reporters after the summit.

US Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, is on the record saying climate change is a hoax promulgated by a group if scientists to make money.

According to several sources close to the President, Trump has been telling anyone and everyone that he will be taking the USA from the newly established climate agreement.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group, estimates that unchecked climate change could cost the USA economy nearly $2 trillion per year in current dollars by 2100. "Here we have the situation that six members, or even seven if you want to add the European Union, stand against one". "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not". Doing so would be to pull out from the most decisive action the modern world has taken to roll back our ongoing climate disaster.

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