EPA Plans to Repeal Clean Power Plan

EPA Plans to Repeal Clean Power Plan

The Trump administration calls it the end of the war on coal, but environmental groups say departing from a key climate change initiative is unsafe.

The Trump administration is making "a wholesale retreat from EPA's legal, scientific and moral obligation to address the threats of climate change", said former Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy, the architect of Obama's Clean Power Plan.

"The war on coal is over", Pruitt declared, adding that no federal agency should ever use its authority to "declare war on any sector of our economy".

Last month, the RGGI states - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont - announced they will slash carbon pollution from power plants by at least another 30 percent by 2030.

When the rule was finalized in 2015, power plants were the largest source of U.S. climate pollution, comprising 31% of the nation's emissions.

Pruitt said the Clean Power Plan was "was about picking winners and losers". Pruitt, who has extensive ties to the oil and gas industries, opposed this particular piece of environmental regulation since his time as attorney general in Oklahoma, where he participated in a lawsuit against it. Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama's methane leak rule MORE's aggressive second-term climate agenda, in which he sought to use executive authority to fight climate change after Congress refused to pass cap-and-trade legislation in 2010.

Under President Barack Obama, the EPA estimated the Clean Power Plan could prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.

The proposed rule would make good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to unravel Obama's efforts to curb global warming. The store's owners have been forced to lay off about 60 percent of its workers in recent years.

The EPA said it has not yet determined whether or when it will propose a new rule to regulate emissions from existing power plants.

The Supreme Court put the plan on hold past year. Even so, the plan helped drive a recent wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which are also being squeezed by low cost natural gas and renewable power.

Under the CPP, states must develop and implement plans that ensure power plants in their state - either as single plants or as a collective group - achieve goals for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions between 2022 and 2029, and final CO2 emission performance rates by 2030.

"Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I'll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan from the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule", Pruitt told the crowd at the unannounced visit to the event, to raucous applause.

On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt's top deputy at EPA - one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests. President Trump has also promised to pull the country out of the worldwide agreement. The same played out after Pruitt's comments on Monday. "He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord".

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