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US refuses to reaffirm Paris climate deal

The EU Climate Commissioner has lashed out at the US after an energy summit ended without a formal commitment as the US waffles on climate change policy.

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A two-day meeting between ministers from several G7 countries has wound up with no formal committment. While ministers from Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the EU envoy aimed to reaffirm the Paris climate deal signed in 2015 which strives to contain global temperatures within a two-degree increase,  it was rejected by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

"The Secretary of Energy of the United States of America informed fellow Ministers and Commissioner that the United States is in the process of reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on this issue," said the chair in a summary of the meeting.

US intentions to uphold the global climate pact have been shrouded in uncertainty since Donald Trump was elected president in November. During his campaign Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris agreement and cancel his predecessor Obama's Clean Power Plan during his first day in office. However, this ultimately did not happen, and the new president's tones with respect to the climate agreement have since become more subdued.

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