Environment chief Scott Pruitt, says US should exit Paris climate agreement

Environment chief says US should exit Paris climate agreement

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Scott Pruitt, head of the US Environmental Protection Agency

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Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has said that the US should back out of its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, the landmark plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to limit global warming to below 2˚C.

This follows President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to cancel the agreement, with a decision on whether he will do so expected within the next month.

“It’s a bad deal for America,” Pruitt told cable news show Fox & Friends last week. “China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030.”

But not everyone agrees with what he said.

“That statement is either deliberately misleading or woefully uninformed about what the Paris agreement is and what it does,” says Alden Meyer at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2128402-environment-chief-says...

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