BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump, responding to a question on climate change after skipping a G7 session on the issue, said on Monday that American wealth is based on energy and not it will endanger her by dreams and windmills.
Trump, who in 2017 pulled the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord that involved nearly 200 countries and described global warming as a “hoax,” also tried to present himself as an environmentalist at a press conference at Group closure. of Seven Summit in France.
“I feel like America has tremendous wealth. The wealth is under its feet. I have brought that wealth to life … We are now the number one energy producer in the world, and will soon be by far,” Trump said. journalists when asked about their views on climate change.
“I am not going to lose that wealth, I am not going to lose it in dreams, in windmills, which frankly are not working very well,” he added.
The Trump administration has reversed US environmental protections implemented by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama and weakened the Endangered Species Act wildlife conservation act.
The Republican president skipped a session on climate change and biodiversity at the summit, and instead held bilateral meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
G7 leaders discussed forest fires in Brazil and agreed to craft an initiative for the Amazon (NASDAQ 🙂 to be launched at the UN General Assembly in New York next month.
French President Emmanuel Macron played down Trump’s absence.
“He wasn’t in the room, but his team was,” Macron said. “You shouldn’t read anything about the absence of the US president … The United States is with us on biodiversity and the Amazon initiative.”
Trump called himself an environmentalist, noting that he had completed as many environmental impact statements as part of his job as a real estate developer.
“I want the cleanest water on Earth. I want the cleanest air on Earth. And that’s what we’re doing. And I’m an environmentalist, a lot of people don’t get it. I’ve probably made more environmental impact statements than anyone there is. I’ve been president. And I think I know more about the environment than most people, “Trump told reporters.
Environmental activists scoffed at Trump’s comments.
“Trump’s bogus brand of ‘environmentalism’ means destroying the Endangered Species Act, bowing down to polluting industries and denying climate change as the world burns,” said Travis Nichols, a spokesman for Greenpeace USA, in a statement.
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