The Real Lowdown: The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment, Vol. 19 | NRDC

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Scott Pruitt wants to be a game show host to debate climate change, communities respond harshly to rolling back methane standards, and even Republicans are against offshore drilling.

America the superpower is fast becoming America the super pariah, thanks to President Trump.

At the recent G20 summit in Germany, Trump reiterated his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which drew a rebuke from Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. “I deplore this,” she said, making it clear that Trump made the talks on a range of issues, including climate change, difficult.

The diplomatic faux pas led NRDC President Rhea Suh to muse: What if a president goes one way and the nation goes another? “Though President Trump is turning his back on the 2015 Paris climate agreement and pushing his misguided plan to put fossil fuels first, others are standing strong on the side of progress,” she said. “More than 2,100 states, cities, universities, businesses, and investors have pledged to move forward to protect future generations from the growing dangers of climate change.”

She noted, too, that California governor Jerry Brown and New York’s former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, will document those gains and make a report to the United Nations, which is tracking the world’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint. While they are showing that Trump can’t stop the United States from doing its part to meet its Paris commitments, in other ways the Trump team’s drive to put our health and environment at risk continued—and continued hitting speed bumps.

Scott Pruitt, Climate Game Show Host

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced this week that he wants scientists to debate climate change on TV.

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