Trump Admin to Begin Repeal of Important Obama Climate Rule
The Trump administration will this week begin their promised repeal of Obama era rule mandating reduction in emissions from power plants.
Obama created the landmark rule as part of his administration’s commitment to the Paris Climate Accord which Trump has said he would pull out of unless he can renegotiate the agreement to his liking.
Head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt said in Kentucky Monday he will sign the paperwork on Tuesday to repeal the rule which he said treated the coal industry unfairly.
“The Clean Power Plan, it wasn’t about regulating to make things regular,” Pruitt said Monday at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers.”
Pruitt who has made it clear he favors allowing coal powered plants to keep doing business as usual, made the comments at a Hazard, KY mining and construction equipment business.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to repeal the Obama climate rule that he called “stupid” and “job-killing.” This repeal is the first step towards fulfilling that promise to his base. Experts said the rule was expected to hurt the coal industry since coal powered power plants are the biggest carbon emitters but help the U.S. drastically reduce its carbon emission.
Environmentalists and Democrats are fighting to keep the Clean Power Plan in force and you can join in that effort today. Environmentalists consider the Plan the most significant policy by any U.S. administration to reduce carbon emissions.
The Obama administration said at the time that the Clean Power Plan was part of a wide ranging strategy to reduce greenhouse emissions and show the rest of the world that the U.S., considered one of the world’s top polluter along with China, Russia and India, is committed to climate action. The goal of the plan was to cut emissions by 32 percent by 2020.
“It’s Congress that passes legislation that gives us direction, that gives us our orders as far as how we administer the statute,” Pruitt said Monday. “The last administration simply made it up.”
“During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to repeal the Obama climate rule that he called “stupid” and “job-killing.” This repeal is the first step towards fulfilling that promise to his base.”
Earlier, the EPA had argued that the Obama plan would cost the U.S. economy over $50 billion while providing only $500 million in value instead of the $20 billion the previous administration said it would provide.
The EPA said it is open to replacing the rule with a weaker, more industry-friendly standard to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, though the Trump administration said it does not plan to pursue any new regulations.
The fossil fuel industry and its Republican allies have waged a battle to repeal the Clean Power Plan, securing a key victory early last year when the Supreme Court halted implementation of the rule while lawsuits against it moved forward.
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