EPA to Propose Elimination of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Oct 10, 2017, 00:23
EPA to Propose Elimination of Obama's Clean Power Plan

President Trump's environmental chief announced Monday he'll undo former President Obama's initiative to reduce emissions by power plants.

In Colorado, the Clean Power Plan called for a 28 percent reduction in overall carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 against 2012 levels.

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 said the rule, enacted in 2015, "was about picking winners and losers".

"Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers", Pruitt said.

The move by Trump's EPA is "a wholesale retreat from EPA's legal, scientific and moral obligation to address the threats of climate change", said Gina McCarthy, Obama's former EPA administrator.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the Trump administration will withdraw from Obama-era Clean Power Plan to slow global warming.

It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing.

"The Trump Administration's persistent and indefensible denial of climate change - and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation - is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their unsafe agenda", said Schneiderman, a Democrat.

The documents do not explicitly indicate that the EPA will replace the Clean Power Plan.

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. Soon after it was introduced, a number of states challenged the legality of the plan and 29 went so far as to petition the Supreme Court to halt its implementation until a court could review it. 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.

The proposal also says the EPA has yet to determine whether it will create an additional rule on the regulation of greenhouse gases. The economy is already changing over to use natural gas, wind, and solar power since these sources are cheaper than coal.

The president announced earlier this year that he will pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement.

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