EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt applauded President Trump‘s “courageous” decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord.
The president announced Thursday that the administration would exit the agreement in which almost 200 nations pledge to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Pruitt agreed with Trump who said the accord is bad for the U.S. economy and hurts American workers and business owners.
“The United States has nothing to be apologetic about,” the EPA Chief told Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier on “Special Report” Thursday, noting that the nation has been, and will continue to be, a leader on climate change and CO2 reduction.
Trump’s decision, Pruitt explained, was another step in his “America first” strategy and the Paris agreement represented a “bad deal” for the U.S.
He also pointed to the hypocrisy of environmental critics who, when the accord was signed, protested that countries like China and India were not held immediately accountable for pollution emissions. He also noted that the Obama administration, which entered into the agreement, fell 40 percent short of the targets set in the pact.
Pruitt also countered arguments that by removing itself from the accord, the U.S. has abdicated leadership in the world on the issue.
“We’re the United States, we don’t lose our seat at the table,” he said.
“The president did a courageous thing today. He truly put America’s interests first,” Pruitt added.
He refuted reports that there was internal debate by those around the president taking sides on the issue, calling the stories “legend.” Trump made his decision after careful consideration and much input from advisers, Pruitt revealed.
“Europe wanted this because it put us at an economic disadvantage,” Pruitt continued. “And the president said, ‘Look, we’re open to discussing this. We’re open to discussing it but we’re not going to put America’s interests second in that negotiation.'”
“The president took care of the American citizen today,” he said.
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