EPA to Begin Repealing Obama-Era Clean Power Plan

Marsha Scott
October 10, 2017

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

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.

In the 43-page document, the EPA said the Clean Power Plan (CPP) introduced by former President Barack Obama in 2015 was illegal.

Prior to the finalization of the rules in August 2015, power plants - which account for almost 40 percent of carbon emissions - "were allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the atmosphere", said the Union of Concerned Scientists.

"The war on coal is over", Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Hazard, Kentucky.

The proposal suggests that if there's a replacement rule, it would focus more narrowly on efficiency limits at specific power plants, rather than the broader approach taken by the Clean Power Plan.

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The Clean Power Plan was key to Washington's implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change, from which Trump withdrew in June. "Tomorrow in Washington, D.C., I will be signing a proposed rule to roll back the Clean Power Plan".

Meanwhile, EPA is also expected to soon provide an update on its plans to a federal appeals court, where judges have agreed to temporarily halt legal proceedings over the Obama rule. It's pretty embarrassing that they don't actually have a different plan ready to go, they just see something that's good for the environment and want to destroy it.

"The Clean Power Plan represented an unlawful attempt to transform the nation's power grid. and raise costs on American consumers", said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association.

"By saving an estimated 240 million tons of annual coal production, the administrator's action helps to safeguard more than 27,000 mining jobs and nearly 100,000 additional jobs throughout the supply chain", Hal Quinn, CEO of the National Mining Association, said in a statement.

A leaked draft of the repeal proposal asserts that the country would save $33 billion by not complying with the regulation and rejects the health benefits the Obama administration had calculated from the original rule, writes the New York Times in a detailed analysis of the move.

Liz Perera, climate policy director for the Sierra Club, said repealing the Clean Power Plan "is about one thing and one thing only: helping corporate polluters profit".

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