"You might've read in the media that there was much discussion about United States energy policy and the fact that we're undergoing a review of many of those policies", Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in Texas on Thursday, according to prepared remarks.
Corporate America's support of the Paris agreement on global warming should convince President Donald Trump to follow through with his promise to withdraw from the accords, say former top transition team officials.
The Trump administration is changing course from the policies of his predecessor in a number of stark ways, perhaps most drastically when it comes to climate change.
Exxon Mobil Corp., previously led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, reiterated its support in a letter to the White House solicited by White House energy adviser G. David Banks.
In the energy sector, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have already declined by 14 per cent from 2005 to 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
According to Politico, Bannon and Pruitt want Trump to withdraw the US from the agreement, while Kushner and Tillerson stand on the opposite side of the issue.
"There's a misconception that the Trump administration can simply renegotiate the Paris agreement to give the US a 'better deal, '" Pyle said.
"If Trump allows this deal to go forward, he will unwittingly fulfill Hillary Clinton's arrogant and dastardly promise to put every coal miner in America out of a job", Heritage fellow Stephen Moore and research associate Timothy Doescher wrote in a recent op-ed. The International Renewable Energy Agency predicted that investments in renewable power and efficiency created to help meet Paris targets will boost the world economy by $19 trillion.
And the agreement requires China and India to cut a higher percentage of their emissions than the U.S.
Last summer, the group called the Paris deal "the latest in a series of costly policy choices the US government has made because of its participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)", and it urged the United States government to withdraw from the UNFCCC altogether. And energy ministers from G-7 nations earlier this month took the unusual step of declining to issue a joint statement endorsing the Paris agreement after the USA balked. But he added, "look, these guys are unpredictable, and I don't think we can know".
Since the emissions reduction targets in the Paris agreement are not legally binding, withdrawing from the accord would, in many ways, be a symbolic move - one that's sure to be greeted enthusiastically by the President's core supporters.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in March that Trump would make a final decision on the deal by the May 26 Group of Seven conference in Italy. That approach has won the endorsement of several major coal companies.