Trump is the only world leader at G20 Summit to not sign statement pledging to combat climate change
Reports state that the agreement, which is non-binding, was reached after diplomats engaged in all-night talks over the issue
President Donald Trump was the only leader at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina who did not sign a statement committing to a pledge to fight against climate change, according to reports. The leaders of the Group of 20 Summit, consisting of 19 countries and the European Union, unanimously agreed to fix the world trading system at the end of the conference, however, only 19 members agreed to back the Paris Climate Change pact.
During the signing of the world trade system, the statement acknowledged the flaws in the global trading system and called for the reformation of the World Trade Organization. The statement, however, did not mention protectionism because, according to negotiators, the US resisted that. The statement associated with the climate change pact stated that 19 members of the group reiterated their commitment to the Paris accord, however, the US stood firmly by its decision to withdraw. Reports state that the agreement, which is non-binding, was reached after diplomats engaged in all-night talks over the issue.
President Trump, despite the talks, made his skepticism clear. Trump, in an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, had said that he doubted the global scientific consensus that our planet is getting warmer because of man-made pollutants which are being released in the environment.
"One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers," Trump said. "You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean."
"As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it - not nearly like it is," the president added.
The Trump administration, last week, had released a wide-ranging report which found that climate change will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to the American economy by the end of the century. The report also stated that it will damage everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production of the country.