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EPA head explains Paris accord decision

EPA head Scott Pruitt talked to the press about the decision-making process which led the President Trump deciding that America would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

Speaking at a press conference on June 2, the EPA administrator said that President Trump listened to several weeks of discussion covering various perspectives before making a decision.

Pruitt pointed out the gains America had already made.

“We have nothing to be apologetic about as a country,” Pruitt said. “We are leading with action and not words.”

Pruitt pointed out that the United States had decreased its carbon footprint 18 percent in the period from 2000 to 2014.

“We have reduced our CO2 footprint to levels of the early 1990s,” he stated.

Pruitt emphasized that the president might rejoin the Paris accord.

The president was also open to a new deal.

The only criterion was that America would come first.