US exit from Paris does not mean climate policy “fully outlined” – gov’t official
US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement does not mean that the country’s climate policy was already “fully outlined”, a German government official told reporters at a press briefing in Berlin, when asked about the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg. The goal was a consensual position of all members – as with past summits – but “we will see”, said the official.
The German presidency had initiated a G20 action plan on climate and energy, which it hopes to present at the summit in Hamburg. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert had said last week that the German government would work on uniting all remaining G20 members in climate protection efforts in the run-up to the summit. Merkel will visit G20 member states Argentina and Mexico this week.
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