President Trump will issue a new executive order on Tuesday to relax Obama-era regulations on fossil fuels.
"For too long, we have accepted a narrative that if you're pro-growth, pro-jobs, you're anti-environment".
While environmental groups have challenged a repeal as an assault on climate action, Pruitt told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos that the executive order would help bring back coal and manufacturing jobs to the United States and would also help the country reduce the need for energy sources from overseas.
Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Pruitt said President Trump's intention is to bring back coal-mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity. Critics argued that waning demand and automation were much bigger factors in companies cutting back on jobs.
Trump has already alarmed environmentalists by ordering completion of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, promising to revive the moribund USA coal industry, and asking the EPA to reconsider rules regulating clean water and fuel economy for cars.
The order itself does not have legal force to repeal the Clean Power Plan, but it does send a signal to EPA to begin the process of rulemaking and public comment necessary to rescind it. But Trump has promised 24 million new jobs, and he's not going to find them in the manufacturing or fossil fuel sectors, both of which continue to cut jobs through automation.
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"This order is likely to face some legal challenges".
The plan is also considered important to helping the United States meet the goals set out in a climate treaty signed in Paris in 2015.
Curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants was a pillar of America's commitment in the Paris Climate Accord. "And so there's been a stay against this Clean Power Plan".
"So we've penalized ourselves through lost jobs while China and India didn't take steps to address the issue internationally".
Immediately after describing the Paris Agreement as a "bad deal", he added: "But we're trying to focus on getting things right here domestically and making sure we operate within the framework of the Clean Air Act". Pruitt said the president would re-evaluate the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in 2018. We need a pro-growth and pro-environment approach for how we do regulations in this country.