COP26: In a weak moment during an historic climate summit, U.S. President Donald Trump put back-pedaling climate diplomacy on display Friday in Poland, putting climate targets at risk.
On Friday, G20 leaders gathered in Katowice, Poland, to discuss ways to help developing countries meet global climate targets through clean energy deployment and climate financing. But just one day after the U.S. announced it would pull out of the Paris climate agreement, Trump’s rhetoric did not match his actions.
At the summit, world leaders failed to agree on the so-called “action path” to meet their Paris targets, with the U.S. remaining deadlocked.
The summit comes ahead of a United Nations climate conference in December in Poland that is expected to confirm a new global goal for reducing carbon emissions.
If that is the case, the U.S. should have pushed a strong policy statement at the G20 summit to pave the way for meeting the new goal. Instead, it offered weak plans that were met with skepticism.