Fecteau: Trump's Toxic Reversal on Climate Change

President Donald Trump listens while Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks after announcing the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris accord

President Donald Trump listens while Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks after announcing the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris accord

In a Facebook post about Saturday's event, organizers said the rally was designed "to show our support for President Trump's withdrawal from the crippling Paris Accord and demonstrate that we the people support his courageous stand against globalist coercion".

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is a well-known climate skeptic, said on Fox News that "the president has indicated that the climate changes".

But this shouldn't be surprising from a man - Mr. Trump - that called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.

"The focus of the last several weeks was centered on the merits and demerits of the Paris agreement", Pruitt said.

Trump "knows that it's changing and that the U.S. has to be responsible for it and that's what we're going to do", she continued, adding that withdrawing from the Paris agreement won't change the country's commitment to curbing climate change.

Since the US withdrew from the Paris Agreement, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley did something other White House officials have avoided: She said the president believes the climate is changing.

France's new President, Emmanuel Macron, has led the worldwide charge against the USA decision to become one of just three countries - along with Syria and Nicaragua - not to abide by the Paris accord.

The White House hit back Friday at criticism of Donald Trump's decision to scrap a major global climate deal, accusing Europe of trying to "shackle" the United States economy and refusing to acknowledge climate change is real.

"The regulations from the Paris agreement were disadvantaging our companies", she said, adding "I knew that as a governor". Mr. Trump also canceled billions in payments over the next eight years for the United Nations' own climate change reduction initiatives.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU's most powerful leader, pledged "more decisive action than ever" to protect the climate after Trump's "highly regrettable" decision.

President Donald Trump does believe the world's climate is changing and humans bear some responsibility, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in an interview.

Two White House officials avoided similar questions at a background briefing with reporters after Trump's speech Thursday.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore".

"There is nothing to renegotiate here", European Union climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete told reporters in Brussels. The United States is the second biggest producer of greenhouse gases - a key factor that is causing climate change. By reneging on the deal, the United States is additionally relinquishing its global leadership, embracing isolationism over cooperation ceding its role to China, a country that reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Accord. "If we don't take the step, then we aren't prepared to take the next step".

Among the many critics of Trump's decision to withdraw was Al Gore, the former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize victor.

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