Pruitt: Trump has 'indicated that climate changes'

Putin urges'joint work with Trump on climate

"At a time when the world is increasingly feeling the impact of climate change, from the melting Artic ice cap, Pacific islanders on Tuvalu facing losing their homes, to the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, the need to respond to climate change has never be more pressing", he said. He said the deal would have cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

"The president indicated very clearly, that engagement by this country internationally is going to continue", said Pruitt.

"It's an absolutely freaky and unprecedented moment in American history", presidential historian Douglas Brinkely told CNNMoney. White House talking points on the decision sent to Republican lawmakers Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press made similar arguments. "You speak for the president, you're the EPA administrator".

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", he said.

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement", Canete said in a statement. "The United States has a seat at the table".

While fielding questions on ABC's This Week and CNN's State of the Union, respectively, Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley minimized humans' role in climate change but said Trump believes the climate "is changing".

Having quietly lobbied Trump to stay in the pact, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was a few blocks away at the State Department, where America's diplomats were bracing for a flood of protests from overseas.

The American Coal Council said more than 90 percent of US coal plants are equipped with advanced emissions controls, and that advances in technology will lead to further improvement.

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May's Downing St. office would not say whether she had been asked to sign it.

That claim was attributed to research conducted by MIT, according to White House documents seen by Reuters. "The American government may have pulled out of the agreement, but the American people remain committed to it". It found that the most vulnerable would be older and poorer Americans, including many who sided with Trump. Several of his top aides also opposed the action, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

The U.S. never ratified Kyoto through the Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

Tillerson had reportedly been among the advisors encouraging Trump to remain in the deal, arguing that staying in was good for United States business while leaving would isolate the USA internationally.

The United Nations described Trump's decision as a "major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security". "I have no idea why he chose Pittsburgh, but boy did he pick the wrong city", said City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. With the United States virtually isolated on the world stage, a string of administration officials went on the offensive Friday to justify the Republican president's decision to abandon the 195-nation Paris deal curbing global emissions.

He said his own foundation will help coordinate the USA effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations.

China, the world's biggest polluter, vowed to battle climate change.

Spicer gave short shrift to suggestions that Trump's decision will lift China as a global leader. Trump said he's willing to renegotiate and re-enter the agreement when he believes it better serves the interests of Americans. The U.S., the world's second largest emitter of carbon, would have been required to reduce fossil fuel emissions almost 30 percent by 2025.

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