EPA Readying Tuesday Rollout to Repeal Clean Power Plan, Pruitt Says

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The Trump administration has put another nail in the coffin of former President Barack Obama's climate change legacy by withdrawing from the 2015 Clean Power Plan meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, with emissions falling to 79.2 million tons in 2016, the RGGI states have already achieved their Clean Power Plan targets - 14 years early - and their new commitment to a regional carbon pollution limit of 54.7 million tons in 2030 is almost a third lower than what the Clean Power Plan would require.

Pruitt appeared at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at Whayne Supply in Hazard, Kentucky, a company that sells coal mining supplies.

Back in March, Trump signed an executive order instructing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to get rid of the Clean Power Plan. The past administration [was] using every bit of power and authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers and how we generate electricity in this country.

There was already an investigation underway into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial flights, and as the Washington Post reports, that examination is now broadening.


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.

In his order Tuesday, Pruitt is expected to declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet. That compares to the 32% drop in emissions by 2030 under Obama's Clean Power Plan.

As Oklahoma's attorney general, he took part in a lawsuit by 27 USA states against the rule. The utilities are the largest emitters of greenhouse gases blamed by scientists for climate change. It was a key part of the US commitment to reduce emissions as part of the Paris climate agreement. In the leaked proposal, the agency said that it "is considering whether it is appropriate to propose such a rule" and that EPA "in the near future" will ask for comment about what a replacement rule might look like. It also aims to transition from coal-based energy to wind, solar and natural gas power.

The EPA said it has not yet determined whether or when it will propose a new rule to regulate emissions from existing power plants. One of the moves the current White House made was announcing it would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the biggest global document and rulebook about ecology in history.

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