Trump On Climate: Pruitt Says Paris Agreement Ineffective; Gore Says Pullout Reckless

Trump said he pulled out of the Paris agreement because it was a bad deal that imposed undue burdens on the US that would harm the economy.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt refused to say Sunday whether President Donald Trump believes climate change is a hoax but maintained the U.S. can meet environmental goals without being a member of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Trump doesn't "comprehensively understand" the terms of the accord, though European leaders tried to explain the process for withdrawing to him "in clear, simple sentences" during summit meetings last week, Jean-Claude Juncker said in Berlin.

"The U.S.is already leading the world in energy production and doesn't need a bad deal that will harm American workers", it reads.

Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by more than a quarter below 2005 levels by 2025.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Trump proclaimed in a forceful, lengthy and at times rambling speech from the Rose Garden of the White House.

"The Accord", the document goes on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation". He says the countries that stay in the Paris deal will "reap the benefits in "jobs and industries created". Candidate Trump made a number of statements and wrote a bunch of tweets that caused concern, but he also has other statements that at least give rise to the possibility that he and his team will take a fresh look at the reality of what we're facing here".

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If the USA remained in the climate agreement or if there was a Democrat in the White House right now, there'd be fewer audience members in theaters for his movie.

Goren said leaving the agreement "interferes with their business plan". The rest of the world is moving forward.

As he stated to CNN after Trump announced his decision on the Paris Agreement, "I thought that he would come to his senses on it, but he didn't".

Trump claims the Paris accord is less about climate and more about other nations gaining "financial advantage" over US.

Gore joined a growing chorus of national, international, and local leaders Thursday in condemning Trump's action, which had been expected but nonetheless threw into question how efforts to reduce countries' national footprint will be affected by the exit of the U.S.

The polar ice caps could melt, the oceans might rise, and maybe someday Manhattan will be underwater because President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

Gore said backing out of the accord is indefensible. Modi on Wednesday expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations. The organization's main Twitter page quoted Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying, "Climate change is undeniable". Peskov said Russian Federation has yet to see what announcement Trump makes. "President Trump isolated the United States with his reckless and indefensible decision", he stated.

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