The historic Paris Agreement on climate change - hailed by Barack Obama as perhaps "the moment that we finally made a decision to save our planet" - is "a bad deal", the climate science-denying head of the US Environmental Protection Agency has said. The other, called the "social cost of carbon", is a metric reflecting the potential economic damage from climate change that was used by the Obama administration to justify a suite of regulations.
Nor does the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who sued the agency he now runs more than a dozen times as attorney general of Oklahoma to prevent it from enforcing rules limiting emissions by the state's powerful fossil-fuel extraction industry. "So this is a promise (Trump) is keeping to the American people to say that we can put people back to work".
Pruitt pointed out that innovation and technology, particularly in coal and natural gas, have brought the country's carbon footprint to pre-1994 levels.
There are, however, limits to what the president can do by executive order. The current calculus, which is set at $36 per ton of carbon dioxide, aims to capture the negative consequences of allowing greenhouse gas emissions to continue to rise and is applied to any regulations that have a climate impact. The order would also make it easier to conduct energy exploration on land managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Donald Trump has previously said he is considering withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement because, in his opinion, "nobody really knows" if climate change is real.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Scott Pruitt blasted the Paris climate accord ― an worldwide agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions ― calling the effort "a bad deal".
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The details shared with Bloomberg News reflected the latest draft of the White House order and could change before the announcement, which Pruitt said would happen Tuesday. "The Paris accord is nonbinding".
The plan is expected to be scrapped under Trump. "This is an effort to undo the unlawful approach the previous administration engaged in, and to do it right going forward with the mindset of being pro-growth and pro-environment".
"You know, what was wrong with Paris was not just that it was, you know, failed to be treated as a treaty, but China and India, the largest producers of Carbon dioxide internationally, got away scot-free", Pruitt said during the segment on ABC's "This Week".
"They didn't have to take steps until 2030".
"So we've penalized ourselves through lost jobs while China and India didn't take steps to address the issue internationally".