Trump Administration Moves to Kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

Published October 10, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Tuesday continued to dismantle regulations set forth during the Obama administration by officially moving to kill the climate change rule for power plants.

This action was set in place when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which would have sped the nation’s shift away from coal-burning power plants and toward renewable power and natural gas, which emits less planet-warming carbon dioxide.

Less than a third of U.S. emissions come from the power sector, and the rule aimed to shrink them to about 15 percent below 2015 levels by 2030.

“The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court,” Pruitt said in a news release distributed on Tuesday. “We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate. Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”

 

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