AP FACT CHECK: EPA chief gets his facts wrong on coal jobs

PRUITT, arguing that the U.S. had no alternative but to pull out of the Paris accord because it couldn’t otherwise change its terms, said the deal “can only be ratcheted up,” not softened. The Obama administration had pledged to reduce carbon emissions by about a quarter within eight years.

“Scott Pruitt is wrong,” said Nigel Purvis, who was a State Department climate negotiator under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. “They are just hiding behind a falsehood because it is convenient.”

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