Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says President Trump’s “pro-environment” views informed his Thursday decision to take the United States out of the Paris climate deal.
“[Trump] is an environmentalist,” he said Friday on NBC’s “The Today Show.” “I’ve known him for a long time. He’s very pro-environment.
“There’s nothing that the withdrawal requires us to do that we don’t want to do. The country has actually reduced its emissions quite a little bit.”
Ross claimed that the Paris agreement put unfair burdens on the U.S. compared to countries like China. The Paris agreement was non-binding on its signatories.
“Those other countries aren’t front-running burdens the way we were asked to do,” he said. “We were giving money up front.
“This agreement as I understand it would have allowed China to increase its emissions all the way out ’til 2030. That’s hardly climate control. Is that a balanced deal? I don’t think so.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 2, 2017