EPA head Scott Pruitt calls for exit from Paris climate agreement

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But with the Paris accord, China said that, compared to 2005 levels, it would seek to cut its carbon emissions by 60 to 65 percent per unit of GDP by 2030.

"The Paris Agreement is a hard-won achievement which is in keeping with the underlying trend of global development", Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the World Economic Forum earlier this year.

Conservatives alarmed by the corporate advocacy are stepping up their opposition, arguing that the potential worldwide political benefits the US may gain on the world stage by staying in the deal are outmatched by the political fallout Trump would experience at home.

Trump's team will reportedly meet to discuss whether to exit the Paris Agreement.

Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general with close ties to the state's oil and gas industry, has labeled the agreement a "bad deal" in the past but had not previously called for the United States to withdraw from the accord. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said last week on "Fox & Friends" that he would like the U.S.to "exit" the deal.

Trump's efforts to roll back other environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan and auto-emissions standards, are "window dressing" if the administration maintains its promises under the Paris agreement, McKenna said in a phone interview on Monday. But he did not specifically say what the U.S.'s promises should be.

Bannon, who used to lead the far-right website Breitbart News, is generally opposed to global governance and climate change policy. In light of the recent actions, what previous policies will remain and what will change? They're expected to decide before a G-7 summit in late May. ExxonMobil sent a letter to White House Adviser David Banks in March in favor of staying in the Paris deal.

"The past administration said we had to choose between the environment and job growth". And the president has several possible techniques for formally extricating the U.S.: He can make the change unilaterally or punt the decision to the Senate, by interpreting the accord as a treaty that requires the support of two-thirds of the chamber's members to be ratified. Any diplomatic blowback from worldwide allies would be short-lived, argues Chris Horner, a senior legal fellow with the Energy and Environment Legal Institute.

On Monday, liquified natural gas exporter Cheniere Energy sent a letter to George David Banks, who handles worldwide energy issues at the NEC, to recommend remaining in the Paris agreement so "the United States can leverage competitive advantages in natural gas and energy technology". It was the first global agreement under which the almost 200 countries who negotiated it pledged to flight climate change and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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