U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after delivering a speech at the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on June 1, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change. (Xinhua/Mike Theiler)
BOLOGNA, Italy, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries Monday agreed to language on an array of environmental topics, while said that the United States stood apart from the other six countries on confronting climate change.
The G7 includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S.. A 15-page communique released at the end of the two-day ministerial summit made it clear there was a wide gap on the climate stance between U.S. and the other six countries.
The statement is the latest indication of the growing gap between the U.S. and other major world economies when it comes to the priority of confronting climate change and helping the world transition to cleaner forms of energy since U.S. President Donald Trump said he planned to abandon the Paris Agreement on climate change on June 1.
At the G7 ministerial talks in Bologna, Trump's main envoy, Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt, left the talks to return to Washington only a few hours after his arrival.
In his remarks at the close of the talks, Minister of Economy Gian Luca Galletti from host Italy, said ministers "agreed on everything except for climate."