President Trump’s top environmental official is publicly urging his boss to walk away from America’s commitment to the landmark international agreement on climate change. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in an interview on Fox & Friends, called the Paris climate accord a “bad deal for America” and said it is “something we need to exit, in my opinion.” The Trump administration has been reviewing its position on the historic 2015 climate agreement, in which 197 nations agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to stave off catastrophic climate change. In addition to the 71 percent of Americans who support the agreement, Pruitt’s stance appears to be at odds with others inside the administration, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump confidant (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner, and Trump's daughter Ivanka—all of whom reportedly do not favor the country backing away from its commitment.
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ExplainerUnited StatesBrian Palmer
The incoming head of the EPA believes states should be in charge of their own environmental regulations. Been there, done that, got the oil-soaked T-shirt.