The Trump administration has previously said it is currently reviewing its position on climate change and energy policy and remains noncommittal, for now, on whether it will follow through on the president's campaign pledge to "cancel" the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
As for India - which is on course to greatly increase its energy demand in coming years as electrification reaches more and more of the country's vast population - it, too, is moving to address climate change.
To them, it's best to retain the Paris agreement as a diplomatic tool and to keep a seat at the table on global climate policy.
On the worldwide front, the future is still unknown as the Trump administration is reportedly still discussing the potential of withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, however no action has been taken to date.
Amid this uncertainty, the statement aligns Pruitt with a more hard-line approach held by some in the Trump administration, such as Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, rather than the more moderate take of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had said in his confirmation hearing that the US should have a "seat at the table" in the Paris negotiations, and Ivanka Trump and her husband and Trump confidant Jared Kushner. President Trump's recent executive orders have targeted a wide array of Obama policies including regulation of carbon emissions and coal leasing on federal lands.
As part of the deal, the US pledged to reduce its emissions by between 26% and 28% from 2005 levels by 2025.
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Seoul and Washington have maintained that Thaad will only be used to defend South Korea against Pyongyang's missile launches. Despite angry opposition from Beijing, the USA last month started to deploy the first elements of THAAD in South Korea.
Chief Strategist Steve Bannon oppose staying in the Paris agreement while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Ivanka Trump and advisers Jared Kushner and Gary Cohn support it.
Trump's efforts to roll back other environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan and auto-emissions standards, are "window dressing" if the administration maintains its promises under the Paris agreement, McKenna said in a phone interview on Monday.
"It's a bad deal for America", Mr Pruitt continued.
The White House is expected to announce their decision on the Paris deal at the G-7 meeting in Italy at the end of May. A key argument is that the US can stay in the agreement without satisfying its pledge or maintaining regulations created to help achieve the target, said one administration official.
Among Pruitt's proposals are repealing the Clean Water Rule, which protects tributaries, along with more than half of USA streams, Rumpler noted. Multi-national corporations, like Exxon, want to avoid diplomatic blowback and no doubt see it as a boon to their natural gas holdings.
"The Paris agreement is created to undermine American self-government over the long term because the whole point of it is to put the United States inside a political pressure cooker" and influence domestic energy policy, said Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The country said it expects such funding to create roughly 13 million jobs, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming and lessen the smog that has long plagued Beijing and other Chinese cities. "The coal companies and oil and gas companies that are flirting with the Paris agreement don't understand the existential threat that they're buying into".