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Trump Faces Showdown With G-7 Over Climate Stance Next Month

  • G-7 ministers pull statement; U.S. objects to climate mention
  • All other six nations continue to support Paris accord
SHANXI, CHINA -NOVEMBER 25: (CHINA, HONG KONG, MACAU, TAIWAN OUT) Chinese workers commute as smoke billows from a coal fired power plant on November 25, 2015 in Shanxi, China. A history of heavy dependence on burning coal for energy has made China the source of nearly a third of the world's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the toxic pollutants widely cited by scientists and environmentalists as the primary cause of global warming. China's government has publicly set 2030 as a deadline to reach the country's emissions peak, and data suggest the country's coal consumption is already in decline. The governments of more than 190 countries are expected to sign an agreement in Paris to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change.
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A rift between U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the Group of Seven over his hard-line position on climate change looks set to widen next month when leaders meet in Italy.

Energy ministers from Canada, France, Germany and others members of the G-7 took the unusual step of declining to issue a joint statement after a meeting in Rome Monday, saying the U.S. wasn’t ready to endorse language upholding the Paris Agreement.