Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has called for the United States to withdraw from the Paris agreement, because of course he has. Although he himself has no power to enact this himself – that, of course, rests with the President – it’s a depressing sign of the times in an increasingly anti-intellectual America.
Speaking to Fox & Friends last Friday morning, Pruitt claimed once again that the groundbreaking climate change mitigation pact – one that virtually every single other nation on Earth has vowed to adhere to with or without the help of the US – is a “bad deal” for his country.
“Paris is something that we need to really look at closely,” he said. “It’s something we need to exit in my opinion.”
None of this is surprising. Pruitt and his contemporaries have recently doubled-down on their anti-scientific claptrap.
The word “climate change” is forbidden from being used in any capacity in certain government agencies. Scientific funding is at an all-time low and Republican lawmakers are claiming that the planet is warming because human body heat is getting too much for the atmosphere.
Pruitt himself has boasted about how he plans to gut the agency just as Trump has cut its budget by 31 percent. Just a few weeks back, Pruitt actually denied the basic science of carbon dioxide, claiming it doesn’t warm the planet.
Although Trump has previously called for the US to exit the Paris agreement, he has recently “softened” his stance on this issue, with one government spokesperson saying that they essentially haven’t decided yet. Pruitt, however, is apparently going full steam ahead with his views that the US needs to pull out.
The idea that Paris is a bad deal is obviously ludicrous. Apart from the fact that following it will boost the US economy quite considerably, it will prevent the people of this planet from suffering through a rather disastrous future.
We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but America is attached to the planet, and carbon dioxide doesn’t usually pay attention to border walls. What happens to the world happens to America – so any attempt to essentially save the planet is a good deal for the US.