The EPA boss made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows and I wrote about it for the Axios stream. But here's a little of that item . . .
EPA ascendant: Pruitt's presence on three shows Sunday, and his visible public role in the Paris issue overall, signals the shift in bureaucratic power within the federal government on international climate matters.
Minority report: An exchange on NBC's Meet the Press underscores why one option that had been batted around, staying in the deal while explicitly softening the U.S. commitment, was rejected in the internal administration debate.
"You can change those targets," Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said. "No, no, no. No, not under the agreement," Pruitt responded.
Pruitt argued the wording of the deal only allows nations to make their emissions targets more aggressive, not scale them back. However, this view is not widely held among experts.
Finessing Trump: Pruitt, joining several other administration officials, declined to say whether President Trump still believes human-induced global warming is a "hoax": "I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not," Pruitt told George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC's This Week, after he pressed Pruitt repeatedly on Trump's views on global warming.
***Under fire: One more things about the EPA chief. He is attracting criticism for his claim, on Meet the Press, that the U.S. added 50,000 "coal sector" jobs in the first quarter. Labor Department statistics show that the total number of coal mining jobs in the U.S. is around 51,000. I'm reaching out to EPA for more, watch this space for updates.