EPA to Propose Elimination of Obama's Clean Power Plan

But the the CPP, which stipulated that power companies had until 2030 to reduce their carbon emissions by 32 percent relative to 2005 levels, never really got a chance to have an impact.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday in Kentucky that he plans to sign a proposed rule tomorrow repealing the plan, which aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, according to the Associated Press. They were using every bit of power, every bit of authority, to use the EPA to pick winners and losers in how we generate electricity in this country.

The Sierra Club also criticized the Trump administration's decision describing the move as a "deadly mistake".

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, sued the Obama administration over the Clean Power Plan, calling it an EPA overstep.

Obama's order was put on hold past year, when the Supreme Court issued a stay pending the resolution of legal challenges.

On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to bring back coal mining jobs and dismantle Obama's environmental policy, declaring climate change a "hoax".

The Clean Power Plan requires states to meet carbon emission reduction targets based on their energy consumption. The plan was also an integral part of the commitment US officials made as part of the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, for which some 200 countries committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and from which President Trump has said he plans to withdraw.

As Oklahoma's attorney general, he took part in a lawsuit by 27 USA states against the rule.

Obama enacted the plan to cap pollution from power plants.

Thankfully, many state and local leaders, including the governors of the nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), are doing just that: moving ahead with plans for cleaner air and energy sources that will protect public health, create jobs, and save customers billions of dollars on their energy bills too. A plant-specific approach "would be grossly insufficient to address the public health and environmental impacts from Carbon dioxide emissions", Obama's EPA said.

Under Obama, the EPA envisioned utilities would make some straightforward efficiency improvements at coal-fired power plants as the first step to comply with the Clean Power Plan.

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 plan was supposed to be instrumental in helping the United States reach its goals for the Paris climate agreement, which Obama signed with 195 nations in 2015 and Trump canceled in June.

  • Rogelio Becker