EPA’s Pruitt: Paris Climate Deal Was Bad Business for America
PRUITT: "And I think when you look at Paris, you know, what's right about this issue is making sure that we have international discussion with respect to how good of a job we're doing across the globe with respecting our CO2 footprint. But what's wrong with Paris is it was a bad deal for this country. 26 to 28 percent targets under the agreement, $292 billion cost of compliance, $2.5 trillion gross domestic product hit over ten years, 400,000 jobs cost with respect to that program. What Paris represents is an America Second strategy. We're already at pre-1994 levels with respect to our CO2 footprint, and when America went to Paris, Russia, China, India all contributed zero to the climate action fund and as far as India and China are concerned they didn't have to take any steps to address CO2 until the year 2030. That's a bad business deal for this country. It caused a contraction to our economy when we're leading the world already in reducing our CO2 footprint."