Open thread for night owls: EPA-hating EPA chief Pruitt wants U.S. to abandon Paris climate pact

As I pointed out in this post Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt got the jobs and environment story upside-down in his appearance on “Fox & Friends.” Nadia Prupis at CommonDreams takes note of that and another of his pitiful anti-green stances in “Even for Pruitt, It’s Outrageous”: EPA Chief Says US Should Exit Paris Deal:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday explicitly called for the U.S. to remove itself from the Paris climate agreement, one of his strongest remarks yet expressing his opposition to the landmark deal to keep global warming below 2°C.

“Paris is something we need to look at closely. It’s something we need to exit in my opinion,” Pruitt said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“It’s a bad deal for America,” he said. “It’s an ‘America second, third or fourth’ kind of approach.”

The Trump administration has already taken steps to undo landmark climate regulations, such as the executive order President Donald Trump signed last month that called for repealing former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which requires states to slash emissions and was a central component of the U.S.’s plan to meet its Paris goals.

Pruitt said adhering to the global climate treaty would cost American jobs, a claim which environmentalists—and, increasingly, even fossil fuel companies—say is wrong.

Nathaniel Keohane, the Environmental Defense Fund’s vice president on global climate, told InsideClimate News that “[p]ulling out of the Paris climate accord would damage the U.S. more than it damages the Paris agreement or climate action globally.” […]

Kim Glas, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental groups, also said Thursday, “Administrator Pruitt’s statements are unsurprising. He just can’t seem to grasp what the vast majority of Americans and scientists have already figured out: climate change is real, it is happening now and human activities are causing it.”

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2009—Texas declares sovereignty from U.S.:

If you dismissed Glenn Beck’s argument for seceding from the Union as the isolated ravings of a lunatic, think again.

In this [delinked] video, Texas Governor Rick Perry wades into General Beck’s loony bin and declares Texas’ sovereignty from the U.S., saying that the time has come to “draw the line in the sand” against the federal government. “No longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas.”

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