"That's just not where we have been as a country, throughout our existence".
The Trump administration is poised to issue a sweeping Executive Order rolling back climate action by the federal government, according to media reports.
When pressed on whether the new executive order would face court challenges, Pruitt said he isn't anxious about potential legal ramifications.
During his ABC interview this weekend, Pruitt said the country needs "a pro-growth and pro-environment approach for how we do regulations in this country".
"Tomorrow the President will sign an executive order to strengthen the nation's energy security by reducing unnecessary regulatory obstacles that restrict the responsible use of domestic energy resources, this order will help keep energy and electricity affordable reliable and clean in order to boost economic growth and job creation", Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, said in Monday's press briefing. India, despite having four times the population of the U.S., emits less than half as much carbon as the United States does in total - which means each Indian resident has roughly 1/8th the carbon footprint of an American resident. "The last administration had an idea of 'keeping it in the ground.' We need to be more independent, less reliant upon foreign energy sources, and this is an opportunity". Unfortunately, there are many other factors that have driven down the cost of coal, including the growing availability of cheap natural gas and a worldwide glut of coal supplies.
"Horizontal drilling has allowed there to be much more conversion to natural gas in the generation of electricity", Pruitt said.
We can create more than 5 million new jobs (Stanford University's solutionproject.org) by making fossil fuel corporations pay for their pollution with a carbon tax that's paid directly to taxpayers, not by them, in equal monthly dividend checks. "That's not good for our economy on the consumer [or] the manufacturing side".
U.S. foreign office condemns Russian crackdown on protests
From his cell, Navalny posted on Twitter that he was "proud" of the protesters and said the mass detentions were "understandable". A French foreign ministry spokesman said the crackdown on protests was of "deep concern" to the government.
A joint statement to this effect was also posted on the White House website and Scott Pruitt's EPA website still includes a section about US-China collaboration on addressing climate change.
When questioned whether the move would affect the United States' ability to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement, Pruitt said the Clean Power Plan was not "tethered" to the accords.
He went on: "And so there's been a stay against this Clean Power Plan".
"For too long, we have accepted a narrative that if you're pro-growth, pro-jobs, you're anti-environment", Pruitt said.
"What was wrong with Paris", Pruitt said, "was not just that it failed to be treated as a treaty but [that] China and India, the largest producers of Carbon dioxide internationally, got away scot-free".
"What they would ask the court to do is to put the litigation on ice while the administration takes action", said Silverman.