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Trump Urged to Say Yes to Paris Pact   05/27 09:19

   The latest on Group of Seven summit.

   TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) -- The latest on Group of Seven summit (all times 
local): 

   3:50 p.m. 

   Alden Meyer, the director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned 
Scientists, an advocacy group in Washington, said the discord over climate 
change was unusual for G-7 meetings.

   He says: "There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but 
not a sharp open split like this."

   Meyer said many U.S. states, cities, and companies are moving forward on 
climate action while the Trump administration is "waffling" on the Paris 
Agreement.

   He says: "President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans 
from the mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits 
of the clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging 
fortunes of the polluting coal and oil industries."

   2:50 PM 

   Alden Meyer, the director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned 
Scientists, an advocacy group in Washington, said the discord over climate 
change was unusual for G-7 meetings.

   "There have been differences, to be sure, in some past summits, but not a 
sharp open split like this," he said.

   Meyer said many U.S. states, cities, and companies are moving forward on 
climate action while the Trump administration is "waffling" on the Paris 
Agreement.

   "President Trump should join these leaders in protecting Americans from the 
mounting impacts of climate change and reaping the economic benefits of the 
clean energy revolution, rather than trying to shore up the flagging fortunes 
of the polluting coal and oil industries," Meyer said.

   3:25 p.m. 

   A summit of the leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies has ended 
without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration 
plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris 
climate deal.

   The other six powers in the Group of Seven have agreed to stick with their 
previous commitment to implement that Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gases to 
fight climate change. The final G-7 statement expresses "understanding" for the 
U.S. review process.

   The G-7 leaders also cut a compromise deal to acknowledge Trump's stance on 
trade. They kept the ban on protectionism from previous G-7 statements, but 
included a statement Saturday that they will "stand firm against all unfair 
trade practices."

   Climate and trade were sticking points at the two-day summit in Taormina, 
Sicily. The leaders found agreement on other points, such as backing closer 
cooperation against terrorism in the wake of the concert bombing in Manchester 
that killed 22 people.

   3:05 p.m. 

   German Chancellor Angela Merkel says G-7 talks on climate change were 
"unsatisfactory." Six of the countries agreed to support the Paris climate 
change agreement; Trump tweeted he will decide next week.

   Merkel says the seven wealthy democracies meeting at a summit in Sicily have 
had a "reasonable" discussion on trade and have agreed to reject protectionism. 
The agreement keeps a provision from early meetings in the face of a new 
approach from President Donald Trump, who has insisted trade must be fair as 
well as free. Merkel said the leaders agreed to "act against protectionism."

   2:30 p.m. 

   President Donald Trump says he'll make a final decision next week on whether 
the U.S. will stay in the Paris climate agreement. Trump made the surprise 
announcement in a tweet after resisting pressure from European leaders to stay 
in the agreement.

   Nearly every nation that signed the 2015 agreement, including the six other 
G-7 members, has agreed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

   The president tweeted Saturday, "I will make my final decision on the Paris 
Accord next week!"

   Trump's pending review of U.S. climate policies has left environmentalists 
bracing for the possibility of bland G-7 promises that say little after years 
of increasingly stronger commitments to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut 
greenhouse gas emissions.

   Trump once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax. 

   1:10 p.m. 

   Shop owners in a Sicilian town have covered their windows with sheet metal 
and cardboard ahead of a protest expected to take place on the sidelines of a 
Group of Seven meeting.

   Several thousand people are expected to march through Giardini Naxos, the 
seaside town bordering Taormina, the hill top venue of the G7. The march was 
organized by unions protesting economic inequality, current migration policies 
and demanding lower military spending.

   The march is set for Saturday afternoon, as leaders of the world's seven 
largest democratic economies wrap up their two-day summit.

   The protests are expected to be peaceful, but the shop owners say they are 
mindful of violence that has taken place during past G-7 meetings.

   Marcello Di Giuseppe, said he just wants to be prepared, because "if there 
will be damages who will compensate me."

   11:55 a.m. 

   Seven wealthy democracies have reached a deal at their annual summit to give 
the Trump administration time to tell them whether the United States plans to 
stay in the Paris climate agreement.

   A person familiar with the talks said six members of the Group of Seven 
would stick with their endorsement of the Paris deal, and await a decision from 
the U.S. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter 
before the formal announcement.

   The source adds that G-7 members were still wrestling over a statement on 
trade and whether it would condemn protectionism, as previous group statements 
have. The last G-7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan in 2016 agreed to "fight all 
forms of protectionism," or the use of import taxes and regulations to favor 
domestic producers over imports. 


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