BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, responding to a query about local weather change after skipping a G7 session on the problem, mentioned on Monday that American wealth relies on power and he is not going to jeopardize that for goals and windmills.
The empty chair of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen throughout a working session targeted on local weather change in the course of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. Ludovic Marin/Pool through REUTERS
Trump, who in 2017 pulled the US out of the landmark 2015 Paris local weather accord involving practically 200 international locations and has described international warming as a “hoax,” additionally sought to painting himself as an environmentalist at a information convention on the shut of the Group of Seven summit in France.
“I really feel that the US has great wealth. The wealth is underneath its toes. I’ve made that wealth come alive. … We at the moment are the No. 1 power producer on the planet, and shortly will probably be by far,” Trump informed reporters when requested about his views on local weather change.
“I’m not going to lose that wealth, I’m not going to lose it on goals, on windmills, which frankly aren’t working too nicely,” he added.
Trump’s administration has reversed U.S. environmental protections put in place by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama and has weakened the Endangered Species Act wildlife conservation regulation.
The Republican president skipped a session on local weather change and biodiversity on the summit, as a substitute holding bilateral conferences with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The G7 leaders mentioned the rainforest fires in Brazil and agreed to attract up an initiative for the Amazon to be launched on the U.N. Common Meeting in New York subsequent month.
French President Emmanuel Macron downplayed Trump’s absence.
“He wasn’t within the room, however his staff was,” Macron mentioned. “You shouldn’t learn something into the American president’s absence. … The U.S. are with us on biodiversity and on the Amazon initiative.”
Trump referred to as himself an environmentalist, noting that he had crammed out so many environmental impression statements as a part of his work as an actual property developer.
“I would like the cleanest water on Earth. I would like the cleanest air on Earth. And that’s what we’re doing. And I’m an environmentalist, lots of people don’t perceive that. I’ve achieved extra environmental impression statements in all probability than anyone that’s … ever been president. And I feel I do know extra in regards to the surroundings than most individuals,” Trump informed reporters.
Environmental activists heaped scorn on Trump’s remarks.
“Trump’s phony model of ‘environmentalism’ means gutting the Endangered Species Act, bowing right down to polluting industries, and denying local weather change whereas the world burns,” Travis Nichols, a Greenpeace USA spokesman, mentioned in a press release.
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by David Alexander; Enhancing by Will Dunham