EPA Chief Announces Reversal Of Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

Posted October 10, 2017

The Trump administration has formally announced its plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan - President Obama's key policy to cut greenhouse gas emissions produced by power plants.

During an event in Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the head of EPA, announced axing of the key Obama-era policy which was created to reduce green house emissions that helps control global warming. Pruitt's rule wouldn't become final for months, and it is likely to face legal challenges from states and environmental groups.

What is the CPP and what was it supposed to do?

Now that the EPA has announced its plan, we must fight back.

The Clean Power Plan was created after executive order back in 2015, and was used as the main tool of the U.S. to meet its Paris Agreement pledges.

A 43-page draft of the proposal, which was obtained by the Washington Post and other news outlets last week, argues that the agency overstepped its legal authority in seeking to force utilities to reduce carbon emissions outside their actual facilities to meet federal emissions targets.

These are the first-ever national standards that address carbon pollution from power plants.

As Benjamin Zycher of the American Enterprise Institute points out, the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan (which includes the Clean Power Plan) would reduce the global temperature by 15 one-thousandths of a degree by 2100. As attorney general in Oklahoma previous year, Pruitt helped lead a lawsuit that argued the CPP constituted federal overreach and would be costly for states. Yet the plan has always been under fire by fossil fuel interests.

Missouri is among more than two dozen states that sued the EPA over the Obama plan, citing federal overreach. Some parts of Obama's Clean Power Plan restrictions on mining have already been removed.

"We can now assess whether further regulatory action is warranted; and, if so, what is the most appropriate path forward, consistent with the Clean Air Act and principles of cooperative federalism", he said.

A mass-based state goal with a new source complement measured in total short tons of CO2. "The real winners here are not only coal miners and coal states, but all those Americans who simply can't afford massive increases in their energy bills as a result of the Clean Power Plan". Yes, this requires winning elections and gaining democratic assent, but such are the challenges of living in a republic and a nation of laws. A new analysis from the Rhodium Group consultancy bolsters those earlier conclusions and reports, "Our current projections put power sector Carbon dioxide emissions 27% to 35% below 2005 levels". The closest to Toledo is actually one of the largest in the United States, DTE's Monroe Power Plant. Please include your name, city and state of residence. It does, the sages at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia notwithstanding. States will also have the ability to shape their own emissions reduction pathways over the 2022-29 period.

Not to mention that the majority of the worldwide community - and several USA states - are vowing to push ahead with efforts to reduce emissions with or without the federal government's help.