By repealing the Clean Power Plan, the current administration is turning a blind eye to the massive impacts unprecedented weather events are having on Americans today, and on the great potential for clean energy in the future.
His position on climate change was met with widespread criticism both at home and overseas.
On Monday, Pruitt and Senator Mitch McConnell met with coal miners and farmers in Kentucy to talk about reducing the regulations. The store's owners have had to lay off about 60 percent of its workers in recent years.
Pruitt himself drafted an "inside of the fence" alternative to the Clean Power Plan in 2014.
States then develop and implement plans that ensure that the power plants in their state - either individually, together or in combination with other measures - achieve the interim Carbon dioxide emissions performance rates over the period of 2022 to 2029 and the final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates, rate-based goals or mass-based goals by 2030. "This doesn't immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal-fired plants in the United States, and that means there will still be some market here".
More than half of Americans also believe changes in the climate as responsible for the severity of recent hurricanes, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted in mid-September.
The formal rollback of that initiative, the Clean Power Plan, also will prolong uncertainty over the makeup of the US energy mix and how much utilities must do to cut emissions generated by burning fossil fuels.
"The Clean Power plan is not only based on a strong legal foundation, but is in line with the fact that Coloradans want their elected officials to take action to address climate change". In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.
President Trump took the first step to unravel the Clean Power Plan back in March, signing an executive order shortly after he announced a review of Obama CAFE standards for cars, and a few weeks before he announced the US withdrawal from the Paris climate deal.
The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce carbon emissions by one-third by 2030. "This is a wise, science-based decision by Administrator Scott Pruitt and President Donald Trump. That was the right thing to do".
Despite the rhetoric, coal mines employ only about 52,000 workers nationally - a modest 4 percent uptick since Trump became president, government statistics show. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by building such clean power infrastructure as wind turbines and solar arrays.
The environmental lobby reacted angrily, as Greenpeace Climate Director Kelly Mitchell called Pruitt "a dangerously corrupt fossil fuel errand boy" in a prepared statement. "Indeed, this action, together with the nationwide stay of the Clean Power Plan that Murray Energy Corp. received from the Supreme Court of the USA, has saved over 25,000 American jobs", Murray spokesman Gary Broadbent said.