The only one in step

Trump stands alone as 19 of the G20 leaders stick with Paris agreement on climate change and German Chancellor Merkel brands US decision to quit ‘regrettable’

US President Donald Trump found himself alone at the G20 summit over climate change, as the other 19 members described the Paris climate accord as ‘irreversible’.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today described the US position as ‘regrettable’.

She told reporters at the end of the two-day meeting: ‘I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.’

But here there was consensus and a good thing too:

Leaders of the 20 largest economies in the world, including Trump, did reach a common statement about the other contentious issue at the summit – trade.

The statement retains the G-20’s longstanding rejection of protectionism.

But it also acknowledged that trade must be mutually beneficial and that countries can use ‘legitimate’ trade defenses to protect workers and industries against being taken advantage of by trade partners.

It may all depend on what you mean by “legitimate” but it is good to see. But if everyone else wants to ruin their means of generating power, the US won’t have to do another thing to improve its international trade relations.

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48 Responses to The only one in step

  1. Ian

    No one has yet shown that the human emissions of CO2 drive global warming. Trump is correct- why destroy an economy based on speculative ideology?

  2. RobK

    countries can use ‘legitimate’ trade defenses to protect workers and industries against being taken advantage of by trade partners.

    Dems weasel words for CO2-mitigation non-participation condemnation.

  3. RobK

    Trump seems to be particularly pleased about his style of “manspreading” for this auspicious venue.
    He does have a style all his own.

  4. RobK

    Perhaps that should have been:
    CO2-mitigation non-participation retaliation.

  5. RobK

    It’s how the Germans make big words.

  6. Mark M

    Winning!
    “Now a copy of the section of communique seen by the Guardian, thought to be the final wording, does include the line.
    It reads:

    “Given the importance of energy access and security in the nationally-determined contributions of other countries, the United States of America will endeavour to work closely with other partners to help their access to and use of fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources.”

    http://www.gci.org.uk/images/US_Monkey_Wrench.png

  7. Herodotus

    Who to believe?
    1. ABC – Trump isolated by world leaders at G20, or
    2. The Oz – Trump wins concessions on climate and trade at G20.

  8. Beachside

    Trump is unique in every way. He could well be this era’s Churchill.

    His stance on the climate / renewable energy fraud sets him apart from the rest of those gormless G20 ‘leaders’ who would set their nations on an economically ruinous train, and commit their people to inevitable energy poverty, at the behest of a kleptocratic, Marxist UN.

    To the G20 sheep, Trump may stand alone, but to the millions of American people who Obama forgot, he stands tall and revered; he is their hope, and possibly the West’s last hope.

  9. Texas Jack

    Anyone have a clue why Merkel is so popular? Is it because this guy has her back?

  10. Wayneof Perth

    Beachside agree with you 100%. Trump’s unleashing of the US’s enormous energy reserves has set the US economy once again on a path to riches. It is remarkable that this energy boom started under a regime that was totally opposed to it. It says something about the indomitable entrepreneurial spirit of Americans. At least those Americans who work in real jobs in real industries probably better known as ‘deplorables’.

  11. Pete of Perth

    Mansplaining with balls of STEEL

  12. Woolfe

    I reckon the cad Micron had a bit of Lucy last night.

  13. Tom

    The statement retains the G-20’s longstanding rejection of protectionism.

    But it also acknowledged that trade must be mutually beneficial and that countries can use ‘legitimate’ trade defenses to protect workers and industries against being taken advantage of by trade partners.

    Total victory for Trump.

  14. min

    And of course The AB C emphasises that China has remained signed on to the Paris Accord but who wouldn’t given the deal they signed . By the time they have built all those HELE power stations and more by 2030, Mann will have been dragged through court for defrauding the public, CO2 will have ncreased , climate could even be getting colder. Who knows , Mann et al have already found computer models are wrong , acknowledged the pause, admitted to natural events being involved . So how do we Challenge the views of the left leaning pollies because as Mark Butler demonstrated , he has been brainwashed with misinformation and I bet has not read any of the original research . Not that too many know how ro analyse research because no training in how to go through methodology and data.
    It is almost like that famous research into authoritarianism, where the more qualified looking the people getting the participants to obey orders were, the more they followed orders, up to giving death causing electrical charges to the actors in the experiment. So. Leading scientists promoting their ideas are not questioned just obeyed.
    Most out there ,no matter how educated , would not know about scientific fraudsters like Burt and the nature nuture question or remember the scientist ruining his career after finding cause of birth defects were the result of morning sickness medication , by coming up with fraudulent research.

  15. H B Bear

    Another 97% consensus.

    Still wrong.

  16. struth

    US President Donald Trump found himself alone at the G20 summit over climate change, as the 19 UN/EU GLOBALIST LAPDOGS described the Paris climate accord as ‘irreversible’.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel today described the US position as ‘regrettable’.

    But doesn’t find the murder and rape of her own people, the eventual destruction of her country, instigated by her, regrettable at all.
    We can safely discard anything this evil bitch that should be put up against a wall blindfolded has got to say.

    She told reporters at the end of the two-day meeting: ‘I think it’s very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated.’

    Thank god they weren’t using German Facebook.

    The statement retains the G-20’s longstanding rejection of protectionism.

    But it also acknowledged that trade must be mutually beneficial and that countries can use ‘legitimate’ trade defenses to protect workers and industries against being taken advantage of by trade partners.

    Translation from pissweak pollie speak.

    We can’t do a bloody thing to the USA so we’ll pretend to allow what we couldn’t stop anyway.

  17. Bad Samaritan

    “RobK
    #2436139, posted on July 9, 2017 at 3:02 am
    Trump seems to be particularly pleased about his style of “manspreading” for this auspicious venue.
    He does have a style all his own.”

    Check out the manspreaders in this one vs the other pansies!

  18. Eyrie

    If Merkel is a dead ender sleeper agent left behind by the KGB to wreak havoc on Germany would she be doing anything different?

  19. RobK

    Here’s to hoping some of Trumps’ winning can infuse into the other leaders so the world economy can benefit.

  20. egg_

    Another 97% consensus.

    97% 0f sheltered workshops…

  21. StraightShooter

    “as the other 19 members described the Paris climate accord as ‘irreversible’”

    And Turnbull was there and one of the 19.

    Instead of riding OUR energy supplies to wealth and prosperity like Trump, he condemns us to a future of energy poverty.

  22. Haidee

    Merkel wears her awful strides. Trump refuses to wear G20 pin.
    President Trump is a champion.

  23. Winter has come

    Why should Trump show Merkel any respect ? She consciously allowed millions to sweep through Europe and has shown little if any remorse. Merkel has assisted the greens drive their appalling agenda. And yet once again social media focuses on how Trump sits. FFS.

  24. Haidee

    winter has come . . and there’s about ten to go (if you’re around 70)

    Must phrase the praise with care, when Trump’s name comes into conversations.
    But here, you can heap all the praise you want, on this good president.

  25. cuckoo

    Still waiting for the deluge of vitriolic hatred to pour down upon Merkel for announcing she voted against legalising gay marriage. Any day now…

  26. Roger

    But if everyone else wants to ruin their means of generating power, the US won’t have to do another thing to improve its international trade relations.

    SMH headline:

    “Turnbull, Macron fly to Paris as Trump left out on cold at G20 on climate.”

    No, it’s Australian citizens who can’t afford their power bills being left in the cold, thanks to Trumble and the political class.

  27. Roger

    Anyone have a clue why Merkel is so popular?

    Simple:

    Germans have a cultural death wish due to war guilt.

  28. mh

    The Paris agreement was designed to make Communist China the world superpower. Of course China wants to stick to the agreement.

    The fact that Obummer signed up to it shows where his loyalties lie.

  29. Sean

    Given the US aren’t in the pact now. It’s a dud headline to say Trump was left out, he wouldn’t have joined meetings to an agreement the US isn’t involved in anyway…

  30. Roger

    It’s a dud headline to say Trump was left out, he wouldn’t have joined meetings to an agreement the US isn’t involved in anyway…

    I believe Trump met with Putin instead of going to the climate talks.

    He knows his priorities.

  31. John constantine

    Gay activists on social media proclaiming merkel as their chancellor of sass, luvving the way she rolled her eyes at Putin.

    Gay marriage is just one weapon, de westernising the world is the war.

  32. mh

    Trump: ‘Era of Economic Surrender Is Over’

    This is what Trump said on Friday:

    “My fellow Americans,

    Here at the White House, we are dedicating the month of July to three of our favorite words – MADE IN AMERICA. For more than two centuries, those three beautiful words have been the world standard for quality, craftsmanship and excellence – and they still are today.

    As President, one of my highest priorities is to restore American Manufacturing. For decades, American jobs have been ripped out of our communities, industries and towns have been stripped bare, and the entire communities have been uprooted and left. Foreign nations got rich at America’s expense – and many special interests profited from this great global theft of American wealth.

    Since taking the oath of office, our government has adopted a new philosophy: AMERICA FIRST – and believe me, it’s about time. The era of economic surrender is over – and a new national pride is sweeping across our land. You see it, I see it, we all see it.

    Industry confidence has soared to the highest level ever recorded.

    One of my first acts was ordering all federal agencies to enforce two simple rules: Buy American, and Hire American. We want to build with American Workers, and with American Iron, Aluminum and Steel.

    We are also tearing down every possible barrier to domestic energy production to unleash the full power of our economy. The American people will finally be allowed to tap into the vast energy wealth sitting right beneath our feet or right below our shores.

    We have also sent a clear message to the world that we will not allow other nations to take advantage of us any longer.

    That’s why I withdrew from the one-sided Paris Climate Accord – and believe me, it was one-sided. Not a good deal for our country. And the job-killing Trans Pacific Partnership, and that’s why we are pursuing a total renegotiation of NAFTA and if we don’t get it, we will terminate – that is end NAFTA forever.

    Every other nation on earth protects its own interests. America is finally going to do the same.

    And as we continue to fight for American workers and industry, it won’t be long before we see the Made in America label proudly displayed on thousands of new products all across this great land and exported all around the world.

    Thank you, God bless you, God bless America. We are all doing a job, we are working very hard. It will be America First. It will be Make America Great Again. It’s happening.”

  33. PeterF

    I wonder who all these countries condemning the USA will run to if China or Russia start playing silly buggers. None of them could defend themselves against a wet lettuce. If I was Trump,I would tell them to get stuffed.

  34. RobK

    Poor old Malcolm is a bit slow off the mark when it comes to the economy and such. Poor fellow, my country.

  35. mh

    You can take it to the bank — the American election is effectively all over, Hillary Clinton has won.

    Greg Sheridan, AO

  36. Dr Fred Lenin

    Donald Trump is a perfect illustration of the difference between career politicians and real productive people .. His mind is not clttered with the crap careerists have absorbed during their time as part of the aparatv that is politics . Selfseeking deciet i ,lying ,scheming and total dishonesty is the norm in politics of all parties . It is hardly surprising the g20 mob dismissed Trumps heretical ideas ,they are thoroughly indoctrinated in the u.n.communist religion ,one world unelected government . The EU is the pattern adopted by the European “leaders” who lied their way into power.Trump is anathema to them ,they have lost the capacity of reasoning ,its been indoctrinated out of them . Hopefully more leaders will arise, emulating Trump and saving Western Civilisation from thr u,n,communist/islamofascist threat

  37. Crossie

    And Turnbull was there and one of the 19.

    Instead of riding OUR energy supplies to wealth and prosperity like Trump, he condemns us to a future of energy poverty.

    This is Turnbull’s middle finger to all Australians. He resisted calls for him to step down so that he could swan around at this soirée, he wanted to be counted as one of the Great Twenty. I suspect once he gets home he will resign to collapse the government before the Libs remove him.

  38. Crossie

    “Turnbull, Macron fly to Paris as Trump left out on cold at G20 on climate.”

    Of course, Turnbull is going to his holy city on a pilgrimage.

  39. Crossie

    The Paris agreement was designed to make Communist China the world superpower. Of course China wants to stick to the agreement.

    The fact that Obummer signed up to it shows where his loyalties lie.

    Unfortunately for Americans Obama favoured not just the Chinese but Russians, Iranians and all Arabs over them.

  40. gabrianga

    What a weakling our Malcolm is when given the opportunity to denounce the “alternative energy”spivs still flogging their useless “solutions” in the media and even more annoying , on my home phone.

    Piss off seems to work for me so why, doesn’t Malcolm give it a try.

    O f course we are building the world’s biggest lithium battery which will be the “final solution”?

  41. Jannie

    Sie ist nicht eine frau, sie ist eine alten unfruchtbare Hexe.

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