Greens call G7 a Failure Because Trump Skipped the Climate Change Meeting

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Macron’s G7, which was intended to focus on environmental issues, has been declared a failure because President Trump didn’t attend the climate meeting centrepiece.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed hope that the UN could bypass President Trump by working directly with American local authorities.

One empty chair at G-7 climate meeting: Trump’s
By SYLVIE CORBET and DARLENE SUPERVILLE

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump skipped a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France — then claimed to “know more about the environment than anyone.”

Trump left an empty chair as global power brokers debated Monday how to help the fire-stricken Amazon and reduce carbon emissions.
“I’m an environmentalist,” Trump told reporters, even as he celebrated America’s oil and gas wealth.

Environmental activists declared the summit a failure, marching to demand tougher global emissions rules and more aid for the Amazon.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who attended Monday’s climate talks – expressed hope that Americans themselves would help fight climate change even if their president doesn’t.

“I am very optimistic about American society and its capacity to deliver in relation to climate action,” he told reporters afterward. “What matters here is to have a strong engagement of the American society and of the American business community and the American local authorities.

Read more: https://apnews.com/d2b71b0bded44b45a8987d31ee031dfe

I wonder why the non-attendance of one President considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders?

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92 thoughts on “Greens call G7 a Failure Because Trump Skipped the Climate Change Meeting

  1. Well done Trump. Why should he waste time on all this nonsense.

    On a more sinister note I see that Antonio Guterres thinks that the UN has the right to interfere in a country’s internal affairs and bypass or manipulate its democratic processes.

    The arrogance of these undemocratic international bodies does need to be curtailed.

  2. ‘I wonder why the non-attendance of one President considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders’

    It’s because these enviro-beggars expect the rich, stupid Americans to handover oodles of greenbacks to fund their extravagant zero-carbon pipe dreams and ‘save the world from drowning/catching fire/starving etc etc’

    Trump knows the whole shebang is a clusterf*** of greed, incompetence, ignorance and New World Order nonsense. Quite correctly he wants America to have nothing to do with the circus.

    • The quote from Eric is what is known as SARCASM. He was using sarcastic shorthand to imply exactly what you supplied. (You have to read his articles for a while to note that sarcasm is his first language with English a little farther down the list…)

      • I knew that! Sarcasm is my middle name. I just couldn’t resist get my 2 cents in… it’s in a good cause!

    • hes going to have to when next time its USA turn to host it..
      that said if the host nation sets the agenda?
      might be the funniest meeting that mob ever held;-))(to outsiders anyway)

  3. Eric Worrall writes:

    “I wonder why the non-attendance of one President considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders?”

    They wanted the money to flow from America into their pockets, with that empty chair, they are lost and braying at the moon.

    • I think it’s because it sheds light on the insanity, needlessness and self destructive nature of the proposed remedies.

      Acosta clearly misread reality once again by claiming that Trump could not be pinned down on the issue, when the refusal to attend a useless meeting about a fake crisis seems pretty pinned down to me.

  4. It was a disaster because the only person in that group who counted was Donald J. Trump; the reaction makes it obvious. He didn’t want to spend a day or an afternoon or an hour or a minute being bored by fake news; that’s why we love him!

  5. “I wonder why the non-attendance of one President considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders?”

    No more shaking down of Uncle Sugar while Trump’s president would be my guess.

      • “The Rational world was sitting at the table”

        Ha. Do these “rational” people lead by example? Nope.

        They are all busy planning their next flights.

        And they vacation in places that are 10 to 30C warmer than their home locations, whilst bemoaning that a 4C temp rise would end civilization.

        Virtue signalling fraudsters all.

      • Griff, I can offer you $2 billion in gold, and I only need you to pay a small transfer fee. Please provide me with all of your bank account information for electronic transfer.

      • Also, I think you’ve won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and can make sure you receive it for a small payment. Also, do you like puppies?

      • griff, you must never read an article or the comment thread.

        You’ve been here for years yet you still can’t see the how dysfunctional all these climate comities are.

        How is it that they themselves can’t make a decision because one person wasn’t there? Do they not have any commitment themselves, do they put their money where their mouth is, do they live by their own convictions? No, they do none of those things. They sit and whine that the person whom they know will do nothing, did nothing.

        They are nothing but an insult to thinking people.

      • Well, Young Griff, let us follow the logic path of your statement.

        The people at the table are the Rational World ™, and the people not (Trump) are by extension, Irrational.

        They are however unable to act because the Irrational party refuses to sit down. They are therefore it seems effectively powerless. (unable/unwilling… discuss…).

        So the Rational World is powerless unless an Irrational party joins them.

        So what is this Irrational bringing to the table? Clearly not rationality by simple definition, which does suggest that for the Rational World ™ to overcome their powerless nature, they require with a grand input of ‘irrational’ and/or something else.

        And by ‘Something else’ are we really meaning ‘Large Stacks of Money’?

        So… we have a situation where in order for the ‘Rational World(tm)’ to actually have power they need ‘Large Stacks of Money’… sorry… ‘Large Stacks of Someone Else’s Money’, or they require an irrational force to bring their powerless way of thinking around to something actually pragmatic and doable.

        So, if I get this correct, what Griff is actually saying is the people at the table are either masive rent seekers or are too mentally stunted to act on their own…

        Wow, Griff. That’s a bit harsh. Did the Rational World(tm) bully you at school or something?

      • oh yeah..and theyve done SUCH a fine job between em?
        rational is NOT a word Id be picking to describe them!

  6. I wonder why the non-attendance of one President considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders?

    I’d guess it’s because he represents the donor country, the one that’s supposed to pay all the others to “save the world”.

  7. So, if Trump had attended the conference and the conference did just as little as it did without him, that would have been a success?

  8. I was amused by the headline: “Biggest ever discovery of sacrificed children is uncovered in Peru as 227 victims . . . who were killed ‘to stop bad weather’ are discovered . . .” They evidently justified their action based on the scientific consensus of their day. However, if the experts get their way their will be far more than 227 children sacrificed because of their actions.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7401963/Peru-discovers-227-sacrificed-children-killed-appease-El-Nino-phenomenon.html

    • And the world’s media that flew into Britain to see her off have now flown into New York to greet her. I wonder how much CO2 her crusade generates..

    • Two things I noted on her arrival:

      The yacht furled its sails, and was pushed into the marina dock from the Hudson by a small motor launch powered by an outboard.

      During her press conference she said, “My brain is not working correctly.”

      We know.

    • aw crap…was wondering if theyd sunk or hopefully had sever storms causing them to turn around’;-((
      met by the homeless and uninterested one could hope?

  9. It surprises me that Macron is so ignorant of his own country’s history that he does not recognise that Trump has borrowed the “empty chair ” policy from President De Gaulle, who , allegedly , at the beginning of the EEC
    negotiations would leave an empty chair, negating discussion, for any proposal that he considered detrimental to France’s economy or fiture prosperity.
    Arguably he was one of the most important of post european politicians ,possibly because he was at heart a nationalist.

    • mikewaite

      Also notable that De Gaulle was fully opposed to the UK joining the EU because of their cultural incompatibility with Europe.

      Turns out the old geezer was right all along.

      • I wonder how De Gauule and Thatcher would have got on if their respective political careers had synchronised chronologically. I suspect they would have fought like terriers for their own people whilst quietly admiring each other.

      • Turns out the French are incompatible not only with Europe, but with themselves as well.

        In the 230 years since 1789, the numbers of changes in French forms of government (kingdom, republic, empire, kingdom, more republics, more kingdoms, more republics, more empire, etc, etc, etc. That’s not even counting the hundreds of governments dismissed in the various republics. Actually, the instability rivals Italy, except the French have been at it a hundred years longer.

    • After World War Two, France had an abundance of United States dollars. At that time, US dollars could be turned in for gold. De Gaulle did his best to break the US by demanding the metal. It’s heck to have a long memory.

  10. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who attended Monday’s climate talks – expressed hope that Americans themselves would help fight climate change even if their president doesn’t.

    As an American doing his individual bit to fight ‘Climate Change’, I’m willing to put on the gloves, get in the ring, and go 15 rounds with ‘Climate Change’. I’m sure I’m not alone on this.

    Now all someone has to do is get ‘Climate Change’ to show up in the ring with me. So far, ‘Climate Change’ has been a no-show.
    .
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    Our politicians are always ‘fighting’ this, ‘fighting’ that, and ‘fighting’ for us, yet I’ve never seen so much as one skinned knuckle or black eye on any of them. I suspect that they really aren’t putting up much of a fight on anything.

    OTOH, I’ve never stood between a politician and a microphone or a bribe, so I could be off a bit on their fighting ability.

    • When politicians are ever fighting for anything you know they are doing the exact opposite of their stated goal. War on Drugs increased drugs. War on Terror creates terror. Patriot Act destroys freedom. And on and on it goes…

  11. “I wonder why the non-attendance of one President is considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders?”

    As the cartoon pointed out, we’ve got the money. Unless, of course, they want some yuan or rubles or other play money. Our military might may also have something to do with it. Just like the old Roman empire where everyone spoke Latin or Greek ( Rome was originally settled by Greeks, so they say ), the world’s first language is now English. Same reason. American English, of course.

    • If it is American English then why do I always see and hear “in two days time” or “in one months time”?

      Americans say “IN TWO DAYS” because we know days are a measurement of TIME, and saying TIME is a waste of TIME!. The above “STYLE” is British in origin. Of course when all the NY MSM elites spend so much TIME watching the BBC and reading the Guardian, it is to be expected that they pick up that style, which is INCORRECT for the good old U S of A.

      It pisses me off every time I hear or see an American in the media use that “style”. It shows me they have sold out their American values, if they ever had any.

      • Americans have clearly gotten ahead of the English in the evolution of the English language. But that doesn’t mean that English is now exclusively American, it only means that American is the greater influence. There are still some words where the English have got ahead of the Americans. As in the example that I have just given.

      • yeah, but then
        i am seeing treaded insead of TROD water
        he shined a light instead of SHONE a light
        in far too many books.
        and the favorite inanity recently is the phrase
        not as big OF..whatever
        whereas simply not as big an event- is far more correct.
        where the hell the added OF came from?

  12. Since the meeting was without Trump it was, what in French bridge terms is called, Sans Atout.

    There’s a well known children’s book ‘Sans Atout et le cheval fantome’, where Sans Atout is the detevtive. It could translate as ‘No Trumps and the phantom horse’. A perfect characterisation of the meeting.

  13. From the article: “BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump skipped a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France — then claimed to “know more about the environment than anyone.”

    You gotta love Trump!!!

    Think how many lefty heads are exploding over that one!

  14. From the article: “U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who attended Monday’s climate talks – expressed hope that Americans themselves would help fight climate change even if their president doesn’t.

    “I am very optimistic about American society and its capacity to deliver in relation to climate action,” he told reporters afterward. “What matters here is to have a strong engagement of the American society and of the American business community and the American local authorities.”

    American society is already delivering. We have reduced our CO2 by large amounts. More so, than the complainers out there. We just prefer not to ruin our economy by investing in windmills.

    Trump said the other day that “windmills are not working out very well”. And he is correct, they are not working out very well. They are definitely not a solution for the future. They are a distraction and a dead-end road.

  15. You really should have included a picture of the G7 meeting with Trump’s empty chair displayed prominently. It was all over the Leftwing news.

    Trump showed he is not worried about CO2, and he demonstrates by leaving that he thinks the others at the table should not worry about it, either.

    • “You really should have included a picture of the G7 meeting with Trump’s empty chair displayed prominently.”

      It is coming….soon….I hope….lol ( Being in Anthony’s Dog House sucks….don’t go there…lol )

    • If there was anything to worry about, would humanity leave it up to the EU clown show, or our own debate stage clown show to solve the problem? I think not.

  16. “Trump, on Climate, Says He Won’t Jeopardize U.S. Wealth on ‘Dreams’

    https://ijr.com/trump-climate-wont-jeopardize-weath-dreams/?fbclid=IwAR1R7rEiGvMs3hQlBIp51sdXzoNSH9eO1TDqgAhy2kGtVR-claoGtpzLGUA

    “I feel that the United States has tremendous wealth. The wealth is under its feet. I’ve made that wealth come alive. … We are now the No. 1 energy producer in the world, and soon it will be by far,” Trump told reporters when asked about his views on climate change.

    “I’m not going to lose that wealth, I’m not going to lose it on dreams, on windmills, which frankly aren’t working too well,” he added.”

    What more needs to be said ? MAGA….

  17. Eric Worrall

    “I wonder why the non-attendance of one President is considered such a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders?”

    That is who they expected to cough up all the money for their green fantasies….

  18. “Green energy is about money, not the climate — that’s why they reject clean nuclear power”
    EZRA LEVANT

    https://www.therebel.media/green-energy-wind-farms-climate-crisis-nuclear-power-big-government-subsidies?fbclid=IwAR2YV1GYCOmONoH8l3GAuLOVRcX9JbwF5nLL8Nv_DmCRtRspxbpylOjGOik

    “Further, numerous wind turbines will be decommissioned as their 20-year-subsidies dry up after launching in the year 2000. In this clip from the show, we’ll go over the climate warriors’ reasons to ignore good clean nuclear power.”

  19. “UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed hope that the UN could bypass President Trump by working directly with American local authorities.”

    The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription
    Article. I, Section. 10.

    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

    Illegal, bub.

    “U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who attended Monday’s climate talks – expressed hope that Americans themselves would help fight climate change even if their president doesn’t.”

    Maybe you missed the poll(s), bub?
    The majority of Americans will not approve of spending one more dollar on climate change. That likely goes towards their willingness to engage in any action for climate change.

    A vocal loud rude ignorant minority here are very unlikely to achieve anything beyond getting desperate democrat officials excited.
    They only tick off the majority in America, along with the easily seen through endless news media propaganda.
    Maybe EU officials should look into how a majority of Americans distrust and frequently despise the news media.

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres; you and your dour pal Tusk need to stay in your own stagnant ponds and destroy your own economies.

  20. So they hate the man think he is an idiot and yet because he didn’t show up to a meeting he would have dominated and shown for the waste of time that it was they are angry at him? Did I get that right?

  21. BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump skipped a discussion on climate with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France

    As he’s been called various names from a Nazi to a Fascist (both of which are left wing so no idea how they figure that one out) to fat, orange, idiot, fool, bully, stupid, uneducated, womaniser, misogynist, cheat, rapist and, of course, climate denier, what possible reason could he find to attend a meeting where everyone obviously hates him?

    then claimed to “know more about the environment than anyone.”

    Being that he actually takes the time to question the orthodoxy, relative to the people in that meeting, he’s almost certainly right.

    Blind slavish acceptance of anything is hardly a desirable quality but Macron et al consider it a virtue, just like Jack Booted members of the SS.

    • “then claimed to “know more about the environment than anyone.””

      This could be part of his Troll master class. i.e. just to get the msm heads exploding all over the place. Trump must love the sound of exploding heads, he does it so well and so often.

    • i hope so
      abc aus stated that 46% or polled persons want Trump out next election
      bet they asked the socialist uni students or the abc staff;-))
      its not our horse or race and most people couldnt give a rats about usa in Aus
      we DO get pi**ed off when your pollies and lobbyists and biz interests start interfering in OUR biz though

  22. Bank of England chief Carney chose the moment to call for getting rid of the Dollar, with a new world currency, a digital version of Lord Keynes’ Bancor refused already by FDR.
    Looks like Zuck’s bucks, the Libra, has been hijacked by the SHC.
    You see, this is necessary to turn the world green to its roots, elected governments are in the way!
    Was Macrons G7 Amazon ploy a stalking horse?
    Right at that moment Chancellor Merkel said no more bird feed, now open the floodgates.

    You could not make this stuff up. Let some candidate run with the SHC – Bernie maybe with his GND?
    See Greta’s greenness now?
    Anyway an empty chair speaks a thousand words.
    What will China say about this Synthetic Hegemonic Currency, I wonder? the wonders of Modern Monetary Theory! The green SHC is’nt even a gold reserve, rather a green reserve, a cornucopia.
    /sarc joggled at will.

      • Here is what Boris needs to fund his very necessary massive projects : The UK Bradbury Pound.

        https://www.ukcolumn.org/bring-back-the-bradbury

        Very close affinity to the Greenback. The UK desperately needs real productive investment, not a City of London green boondogle.

        Pres. Trump needs quickly to look up Alexander Hamiltons credit system, the Greenback, and Glass-Steagall before the FED, as former NY Fed Duncan Dudley just said, decides the election.

  23. It’s always insightful to see what the UN is really up to behind the curtains and what wealth grab and sacrifice they have in mind for each and everyone of us with the aid of our local governments. So much for the old Clinton political phrase that all politics are local. This one is clearly top down with local partisan tools implied.

  24. “Fixing this immediate crisis will require money. Who’s got money?” [the six other G-7 members stare at Trump]

    Thankfully, Trump saw the trap and passed.

  25. Since the UN Secretary General is addressing all American society other than President Trump he could at least address the dropping of climate change from the Democrat’s debate agenda. I guess he also has a back door plan their like the Democrats. Did Biden advise him on the writing that statement?

    • Mark Broderick

      The lady of girth has yet to exercise her vocal chords.

      However……..I anticipate her rejoicing bellow for a ‘clean break’ Brexit on the 31st of October when we are once again able to fully trade with our real allies – The Citizens of America, the Commonwealth and the 120 or so other countries in the world that do not form part of the undemocratic, bureaucratic European Union.

      I look forward to ‘chlorinated’ chicken. At last I’ll be able to buy fowl that leaves the shop I bought it from free of salmonella and safe for consumption, which is what the public expect.

      That’s not what we get from the EU. A study found that 50% of chicken carcasses sold in stores across the region were sold with traces of salmonella in them. The advice being, ‘make sure you cook the chicken properly’ thereby absolving the supply chain from any responsibility and handing it directly to the consumer.

      I suspect there’s few countries in the world where it’s citizens consume more fried chicken than America, and I don’t hear of a health epidemic because of it.

      And I really, really look forward to having the choice of driving a Buick or a Lincoln rather than a Mercedes or a BMW.

      More than anything else though, I really want to see the UK rediscover some of the bloody minded defiance we shared with America many years ago.

      I wan’t us to find the fierce desire for independence that has seen us fight monumental battles with tyrannical opposition; just as the US fought against British imperialism, since long before we saw off Napoleon, the Spanish Armadas, and Germany twice (with allied help) in living memory.

      The UK and the USA – An irresistible force.

      • .Very well stated HotScot…I’ve had my share of “Hot Scotts” in the past and she had a mean left hook !
        Won’t be sampling that for a while…..lol

      • you might have to remove a lot of the EU immigrants and those that wandered in while the portcullis was down though before old England gets any gumtion back..theyre a fair percentage of the remainer whingers Id guess..thweir easy street might be coming to a sudden halt.

  26. That’s how environmental issues should be handled. If the individual is concerned about a problem, then they should put their money and their muscle on the line…not support efforts by their govt to force people to pay for environmental activities they either don’t want or can’t afford to support.

  27. The empty chair symbolizes the triumph of rationality over irrationality, of democracy over a world-wide unelected state, and of truth over lies. We should cherish that empty chair as much as the spittle-flecked, hatred-spewing Greenies despise it. It represents freedom.

  28. Keep in mind, what Trump withdrew us from (Paris) was Obama’s committment of!!! $100 BILLION per year for 10 years into a global climate change fund……..for an agreement that held NO committments, and would have projected NO impact to global average temperature!! It is ALL about money, power, and control, not some turning of the global thermostat. But only of the Western countries, especially the US. And yet, the US has reduced CO2 (if you worry about that) more than all the rest of the G7 combined, in the last 5 years or so. Failure indeed…………failure to suck more money out of the US.

    • The UN Green Climate Fund {The Fund has set itself a goal of raising $100 billion a year by 2020,}

      in his final 3 days in office, Obama initiated the transfer of a second $500m installment to the fund,

      Can anyone show where any of the money went, other than expenses by the folks going to fancy places and dining at expensive restaurants?
      Who else has benefited?

  29. The G7 Climate Change Meeting was a political and propaganda meeting not a scientific or economic meeting. The absence of President Trump was seen as a disaster by global environmentalists and world leaders because they had hoped for huge funding for their nonsense by the U.S.A. as in the days of Obama.

  30. The G7 is an economic forum. Sensible of Trump to avoid the session on religious belief. In fact it is unconstitutional in the USA for State to favour any religion.

    • I would have gone with “Back Stabbers”… They smile in your face, when all they want to do is take your place.

  31. Late to the game here, it seems at my place of work WUWT is blocked (again) for certificate issues, just now at the humble abode, fed, watered, and checking my favorite website…

    In my opinion, the following statement:

    “What matters here is to have a strong engagement of the American society and of the American business community and the American local authorities.”

    Appears to be a plea to ‘local authorities’ in the US of A that have in fact signed on to the UN ICLEI – search for your municipality here:

    https://iclei.org/en/members-search.html

    And notwithstanding the legal statute listed by ATheoK above:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/08/28/greens-call-g7-a-failure-because-trump-skipped-the-climate-change-meeting/#comment-2781814

    ..If these cities wish to cut some hard cash out of their budgets and send it along to the UN through the ICLEI, well in U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ opinion, that’s A-OK.

    If the taxpayers knew what the city leaders would be planning, and for what reason…I wonder what the reaction would be for most of the sane, based constituency??? I can hear it now..”You are doing WHAT with MY tax dollars?!?!”

    Food for thought, hope someone is still tracking this thread…

    Regards,

    Yours in WUWT,

    MCR

    • Keep stressing that Adrian. It will make Trump work harder to eliminate the destructive Obama legislation. Overturning EPA on water and, it seems on methane, and destroying the G7 nonsense suggests that he is beginning , at last , to motor. But let us not be complacent – keep putting the pressure on him-Tick tock.

  32. Since the United States is the only country among the G7 to have lowered its CO2 emissions (thanks to fracked natural gas replacing coal in many power plants), President Trump didn’t need to be lectured about reducing CO2 emissions by countries whose emissions are rising. About the only thing we could do better would be build new nuclear power plants, like France has done (but Germany and Japan are shutting them down).

  33. The UN wanted to by pass Trump to shove their globalist agenda on the free world .

    Not a smart move , a bad read of the room .

    Funding of the UN from the USA should be fully stopped till every laggard country has caught up
    on decades of under payment .

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