Trump administration to roll back Obama clean power rule

Trump administration to roll back Obama clean power rule

Trump administration to roll back Obama clean power rule

"If Administrator Pruitt plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, that would be a complete abdication of EPA's legal responsibility to protect our children's lungs from unsafe smokestack pollution and their homes from climate-destabilizing extreme weather", Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp said last week.

While the Supreme Court has concluded that EPA is obligated to regulate greenhouse gases, "this administration has no intention of following the law", said McCarthy, who led the EPA when the Clean Power Plan was completed.

If the Clean Power Plan is repealed, we'll take the EPA to court.

Draft EPA plans to repeal and possibly replace the CPP have already leaked to the media.

Trump has voiced doubts about the science of climate change and has blamed Obama's efforts to reduce carbon emissions for hurting the coal mining and oil drilling industries.

Almost 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

A draft proposal of the Environmental Protection Agency's looming decision, leaked late last week and posted online, says the plan - which would have limited carbon emissions from power plants and, in the process, drastically reduced the amount of coal-generated electricity in the US - goes beyond the bounds of federal law and unnecessarily hikes energy prices for consumers.


Under the Clean Power Plan, US power plants would reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, 32% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

The so-called "fenceline provision" was a key argument that CPP critics, including Pruitt, used to challenge the regulations in court past year. "It is not in the interests of the EPA, or in accord with its mission of environmental protection consistent with the rule of law, to expend its resources along the path of implementing a rule, receiving and passing judgment on state plans, or promulgating federal plans in furtherance of a policy that is not within the bounds of our statutory authority", the agency says.

"As EPA administrator, Scott is working to strike an appropriate balance between protecting water and air, and preventing the kind of job-killing over-regulation", McConnell said, adding that he's been working to "stop the war on coal in its tracks". While attorney general for Oklahoma, Pruitt sued the EPA 14 times for what he described as "overreach".

The planned repeal of the Clean Power Plan has sparked outrage among environmental groups.

The Obama administration unveiled the final version of the CPP in August 2015. The administration will ask whether the EPA can or should develop a replacement rule - and, if so, what actions can be mandated at individual power plants.

Though limited to its participating states, the latest RGGI agreement will go further than the Clean Power Plan in this region.

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