EPA to Propose Elimination of Obama's Clean Power Plan

EPA to Propose Elimination of Obama's Clean Power Plan

EPA to Propose Elimination of Obama's Clean Power Plan

"Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers", said the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt Monday, announcing he will sign a new rule rescinding the Obama-era plan.

Pruitt made the announcement at a coal-focused event in Hazard, Ky., alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children's health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.). Pruitt sued the EPA 13 other times in his capacity as Oklahoma's attorney general for the agency's efforts to regulate mercury, smog and other forms of pollution. While the Obama White House directed agencies to consider global climate impacts as a part of their social cost of carbon measurement, the Trump White House has told them to focus only on impacts within United States borders.

The Clean Power Plan was key to Washington's implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change, from which Trump withdrew in June. In fact, with emissions falling to 79.2 million tons in 2016, the RGGI states have already achieved their Clean Power Plan targets - 14 years early - and their new commitment to a regional carbon pollution limit of 54.7 million tons in 2030 is almost a third lower than what the Clean Power Plan would require.

"That rule really was about picking winners and losers", he said.

Pruitt said the EPA should not use its authority "to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy". The past administration was unapologetic.

Jamie Henn, 350.org's co-founder, reminded his Twitter followers of research that has shown the Clean Power Plan to be a life-saving law, preventing more than 1,000 heart attacks and illnesses per year by limiting air pollution. And they are still pushing the Trump administration to be creative now.

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The Supreme Court put the plan on hold a year ago.

Environmentalists have been sharply critical of Pruitt's repeal plan.

"The EPA proposes to determine that the CPP is not within Congress's grant of authority to the agency under the governing statute.

I'll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called "Clean Power Plan" of the past administration and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule".

CNN obtained a copy of the leaked proposal to repeal the milestone Clean Power Plan, the outcome of President Donald Trump's executive orders calling for the review of the plan and questions the legality of the original rule.

"The Clean Power Plan achieved a thoughtful, balanced approach that gave companies and states considerable flexibility on how best to pursue that goal", said Melissa Lavinson, vice president of federal affairs and policy for PG&E's Pacific Gas and Electric utility.

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