US withdraws from landmark climate policy

Leaders from the world's leading economies ended their association with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate policy at a G20 summit. In the final communiqué, the G20 leaders took note of the United States´ decision to withdraw from the landmark accord. The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible. US President won key concessions on climate at the G20 summit. In a final statement agreed by all 20 economies, 19 members including Russia, China and the European Union acknowledged Trump´s decision to go his own way on taking the US out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. They also accommodated US s wish to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently. For German Chancellor Merkel it was a good opportunity to boost her diplomatic skills ahead of a federal election in September. She has sent an indication about Germany´s openness to the world. As the leaders met police helicopters hovered overhead. Overnight, police clashed with anti-capitalist protesters seeking to disrupt the summit. 
World leaders formed a unified front against US president Donald Trump on climate change. For the first time in years of dominance at the meeting, the US appeared isolated. The other 19 members reaffirmed their stance at the summit that the agreement was irreversible. President Trump attended the G-20 summit in Hamburg.  He used separately the conference space provided by his host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He met with Russian President Vladimir Putin about his interference in western elections. He met with leaders in Asia about North Korea. He met with trading partners throughout the world. He stepped away from the bigger meetings. He left his daughter Ivanka to represent the United States on the floor of the G-20 while he met with the president of Indonesia. He was seen in the corner, engaged in small talk with French President Emmanuel Macron. President Barack Obama was considered by International as a president, seeking broad consensus on issues like climate change, trade and security. Trump is seeking to make deals one at a time. Trump now has three major foreign summits. He has two other smaller group meetings in Saudi Arabia and Poland. 
France's Macron says will continue to press Trump on climate agreement.  Jennifer Morgan, executive director at Greenpeace, said the G19 had "held the line" against Trump's "backward decision" to withdraw from Paris. On trade, the leaders agreed they would "fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices and recognize the role of legitimate trade defense instruments in this regard. United States out of the Paris climate accord but world leaders did not say what he would need in return to persuade him to do so. Trump, who has made few friends in Europe with his rejection of the 2015 Paris agreement and his "America First" trade stance, met with French President Emmanuel Macron as both leaders sought common ground to reset an awkward relationship. Trump has said the Paris accord is soft on leading polluters like China and India, putting U.S. industry at risk.
President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States of out the Paris climate accord was a deeply disturbing signal to the world that cutting  dependence on fossil fuels menace  US dominance.  This notion is largely false. The G20 summit this past weekend showed that the world's affluent countries are committed to phenomenally reducing carbon emissions with or without USA. The communiqué declares the Paris Agreement "irreversible," leaving it open for the US to reverse its decision to leave. The communiqué also reiterates the importance of developed countries providing financial assistance to developing countries to help them deal with climate change. The action plan, meanwhile, offers concrete steps for achieving the principles. It touches everything from renewable energy generation and energy efficiency to cooperation on research and finance.
Andrew Light, a professor at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, says what came from the G20 summit regarding climate is very strong. The outcome of the G20 was essentially a rebuke of the Trump administration's position on climate change in general and the Paris agreement in particular. "All 19 countries other than the US solidly recommitted themselves to the Paris agreement and all of the architecture that we've built around Paris to try to create the agreement," Light says. Before the summit began, there were concerns that states like Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Indonesia might also break in their commitment to the Paris Agreement. But they did not do so.