Climate Change Financing Dropped From G20 Draft Statement
Above Photo: Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell (R) ‘sunbathe’ on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo
Note: The world needs to stand up to Trump’s idiocy on climate change. It is sad to see other nations kow-towing to Trump on this issue. This will not be the only foolish position Trump forces the world to take. They need to start resisting him now or it will get much worse. Let the United States stand out their alone (or with climate destroyer’s like Saudi Arabia).
Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting.
A G20 official taking part in the meeting said on Friday that efforts by the German G20 presidency to keep the wording on climate change financing had run into resistance.
“Climate change is out for the time being,” said the official, who asked not to be named.
At their last meeting in July 2016 in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the G20 financial leaders said they encouraged all signatories of the Paris Agreement on climate change to bring the deal into force as soon as possible.
But U.S. President Donald Trump, who took office in November, has called global warming a “hoax” concocted by China to hurt U.S. industry and vowed to unpick the Paris climate accord that is supposed to curb rising temperatures.
Under the Chinese G20 presidency, finance ministers last year called on all governments to implement financial commitments made under the Paris deal in a “timely” way and promised to continue working on climate finance in 2017.
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