In Kentucky over the weekend, Trump continued his rhetoric, telling a rally of supporters that the EPA was going to be changed "from a job-killer into a job-creator".
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.
But Trump's climate skepticism has struck a chord with many Republican voters.
The prospect of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement has cast a shadow over global talks about the issue. "That's not where we have been as a country".
The whole of the European Union, which has a population of about 743 million, was responsible for about 3,500 megatons.
Pruitt says the US has penalized itself through lost jobs by signing the agreement.
"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. They didn't have to take steps until 2030", he said. "Paris was just a bad deal". Scientists have known about carbon's warming effect since the mid-1800s and it can be demonstrated by a simple experiment. Pruitt said the president would re-evaluate the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards in 2018.
Pruitt, however, maintains that the Trump administration can be pro-environment and pro-profit at the same time. Instead, he said the United States should act within the framework of the Clean Air Act.
President Trump will sign an executive order aimed at rolling back energy and environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, on Tuesday, officials have confirmed.
"For too long...we have accepted a narrative that if you're pro-growth, pro-jobs, you're anti-environment; if you're pro-environment, you're anti-jobs or anti-growth", Pruitt said.
During an appearance Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", Pruitt said Trump's order will have "energy independence" in the title and take a balanced approach between protecting jobs and the environment. "We're going to get Washington out of the way of energy producers and coal miners - because energy means growth for America, and President Trump digs coal".