U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt said President Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday created to boost the energy sector, and that the order could include rescinding the agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP).
"This is about making sure that we have a pro-growth and pro-environment approach to how we do regulation in this country", Pruitt said.
EPA director Scott Pruitt told ABC Television's This Week broadcast Sunday that Trump believes the US needs what he calls a "pro-growth and pro-environment approach".
President Donald Trump is expected to announce this week a broad-reaching executive order that will formally begin the process of dismantling the Obama administration's efforts to combat climate change, officials say. But it has been on hold since previous year while a federal court deliberates on appeals made by coal-friendly Republican-led states and more than 100 companies.
A federal appeals court is considering a challenge on the plan from coal-friendly, Republican-led states and more than 100 companies.
The White House will release its executive order on the Clean Power Plan tomorrow, triggering President Trump's promises to dismantle the climate policies of his predecessor.
However, despite the fact that China and India are 84 and 122 on the International Monetary Fund's list of countries ranked by gross domestic product per person, Mr Pruitt said he felt the United States, which is 11th, had been hard done by. "The CPP is not tethered to the Paris accords".
"This Clean Power Plan is something that the Supreme Court, as you know, has said is likely unlawful", he said.
Pruitt summarized the Paris Agreement, saying, "So Paris was just a bad deal, in my estimation".
Trump also threatened during his campaign to tear up the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The Paris Agreement was given that name partly to avoid being classed as an global treaty because, under U.S. law, a treaty can not be approved by the President alone and must be ratified by Congress.
"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".
It benefited China and India, despite being the world's leading producers of carbon dioxide like the United States, he added.