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EPA's Pruitt: 'Days Are Over' Choosing Between Jobs and Environment

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 12:26 PM

The days are over where Americans have to choose between making a "false choice" between jobs and the environment, like they did when President Barack Obama was in office, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday.

"The last eight years, we had to choose between jobs and the environment, those days are over," Pruitt told Fox News' "Fox and Friends," noting that President Donald Trump has sent a "clear message."

However, Obama "said we had to choose jobs or growth at the expanse of the environment, or choose environment at the expense of jobs," Pruitt said. "We have a president now that says that's a false choice. We have better leadership now."

Meanwhile, the United States needs to take another look at the 2015 Paris agreement, in which the Obama administration pledged to reduce carbon pollution by 26 percent by 2025, Pruitt said.

"It is something we need to exit, in my opinion," he said. "It was an America second or third or fourth kind of approach. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030. We frontloaded [it]."

The climate change accord was ratified and signed by 194 nations, and President Donald Trump himself can't end it. However, he can start a process to end the United States' involvement in it. During his campaign, Trump promised to cancel the global warming agreement.

Pruitt said his own biggest objection with the accord is that "America was put last . . . China and India had no obligations until 2030 and America was going to cost itself jobs as it relates to the obligations there."

And while there are some who say the accord is not enforceable, Pruitt said, "every meeting I have had with my counterparts from Germany, Canada and others the first question they ask me what are you going to do to comply with Paris? What that means is contracting our economy to serve and really satisfy Europe and China and India."

Meanwhile, under Trump, there is a new "competitiveness," and the "false choice between jobs and growth, and the environment, we have rejected that," Pruitt continued.

He cited a meeting from two weeks ago, when coal miners were "emotional" while witnessing Trump sign an executive order to rescind many of Obama's clean-power regulations.

"Two weeks ago we were at the EPA joined by 40 or so coal miners from Pennsylvania," said Pruitt. "They were emotional about it because the war on coal ended, the war on fossil fuels ended."

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