According to the New York Times, Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which regulated carbon emissions at power plants.
Obama's plan was created to cut US carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
The EPA will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, Reuters reports, citing an internal EPA document. The EPA is now developing a federal "model" for states to consider and will impose a federal plan for states that do not comply.
The rule set goals for each state that were aimed at hastening the country's shift away from coal-fired power and toward more natural gas, wind, solar and energy efficiency, using tools that would have encouraged steps by consumers and a wide swath of the economy. This team wrote a 175 page legal brief explaining, convincingly, why EPA's interpretation was lawful.
"Now the public has an opportunity to weigh in, as EPA is required to accept public comment on the proposed repeal and a discussion paper on a replacement", Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement Monday.
"This action by the EPA is a setback in the struggle against climate change, but it will not and can not stop Washington state and our determined allies in the fight against this existential threat". And, like most Obama-era regulatory provisions, the CPP faced an uphill legal battle after the Supreme Court granted an unusual stay in 2016, halting its implementation.
".When you think about the Clean Power Plan, it wasn't about regulating to make things regular".
Pruitt also added that President Trump demonstrated "tremendous courage" when he made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord this past June. The purported rationale for this proposal, as it appears in a leaked draft, is that the Clean Power Plan is unlawful, a position that is directly contrary to what the EPA and the Justice Department argued in court just last fall.
The Trump administration will this week begin their promised repeal of Obama era rule mandating reduction in emissions from power plants. I grew up knowing that I could breathe clean air.
Coal-fired power plants are among the largest emitters of carbon. In addition, any repeal of the Clean Power Plan must go through full notice-and-comment rulemaking and will be subject to judicial challenges once the rulemaking is complete.
The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of USA carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control.
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