Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw from the Paris climate change accord, saying that participating would undermine the economy, wipe out jobs, weaken U.S. national sovereignty, and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to others.
"(Paris) is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated", added Pruitt, who had left the meeting on Sunday evening to attend Trump's first full cabinet meeting on Monday. In a footnote to the communique, the United States said it wouldn't join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint.
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.
"The world, through the Paris Accord, has made the commitment to make the turn to a decarbonised future".
"We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress", Pruitt said in statement issued by the EPA after the talks.
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 us "remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions".
G7 environment chiefs met in Italy on Sunday for talks set to be dominated by the rift caused by the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord.
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Hundreds of students marched through Bologna to protest the presence of the G-7 ministers in the ancient university city, a long-standing bastion of progressive activism.
One member state, Hawaii, passed a law on June 6 formally committing the state to the Paris Agreement.
"If someone thought this G7 was needed so that the US would go back on what they said a week ago, he will be disappointed", Galletti said.
German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said all seven countries had agreed on the need to take action but disappointment had been expressed at the US decision to leave the Paris Accord.
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) was noted visiting Chine, days after president Trump announced his decision.
Important players in USA industry and individual cities and states are already implementing changes aimed at meeting the targets laid down in Paris, where most of the world's countries agreed to try and cap global temperature rises at 2C above pre-industrial levels.
"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". His plans to renegotiate a more favorable deal for the US have been rebuffed by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy.
"The transition to a low-carbon economy is on the march and it has an irreversible dynamic, including in the United States", he said in comments that played on the name of Macron's Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) party.