Interview with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: Paris Agreement
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) It has been a year since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Administrator of the EPA Scott Pruitt talked about why that was the right decision and what the benefits have been for the American people.
PRUITT: The president put America first and that he’s committed to that. He talked about promises made, promises kept. He’s done that across the board - from trade policy to national security to economic policy. And this is the same with the Paris decision, I mean when you look at the Paris accord and what it represented for this country, it put America last, not first and the president was courageous to do something about it when he made that decision last June in the Rose Garden. And the reason it was the wrong decision for this country is that we’re already leading the world in CO2 reduction. We’re already making changes through innovation and technology to see our CO2 footprint drop. Between the years 2000 and 2014, Boris, we cut our CO2 footprint by almost 20 percent.
BORIS: So looking back a year later now, was it the right move?
PRUITT: Absolutely. I mean we continue to see CO2 reduction, our economy is growing, opening comment about a billion dollars in regulatory savings at the EPA alone. The entire Trump administration $8 billion in the first year, now think about that: the regulatory savings across the full executive branch across and we’re improving environmental outcomes. It’s demonstrative that you can do what’s good for the environment, but also do what’s commonsensical on the regulatory side and achieve both a growing economy and positive outcomes for the environment.
Here is the bottom line: The United States was never truly a party to the Paris Agreement. The Obama administration did not follow the constitutional steps for a treaty in entering the agreement, the Senate never had the opportunity to vote on it. A year later the decision to leave the agreement has been proven to be correct both for constitutional and policy reasons.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.