EPA head will sign rule to roll back CPP

EPA head will sign rule to roll back CPP

EPA head will sign rule to roll back CPP

The Obama administration issued the plan in October 2015, requiring coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

President Trump took the first step to unravel the Clean Power Plan back in March, signing an executive order shortly after he announced a review of Obama CAFE standards for cars, and a few weeks before he announced the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate deal.

Jim Alexee, director of the Colorado chapter of the Sierra Club, said the Trump administration is ignoring the jobs created by cleaner energy and industries around efficiency, which the Sierra Club alleges exceeds those of the fossil fuel industry. The move comes after Trump issued an executive order in March instructing the EPA to review the plan.

A low-carbon future is better for human health and the environment, and given the increasing climate impacts changing our planet, there are more risks and costs in postponing rather than in acting now. Yet the plan has always been under fire by fossil fuel interests. "I'd let them stand on their own and compete against coal and natural gas and other sources, and let utilities make real-time market decisions on those types of things as opposed to being propped up by tax incentives and other types of credits that occur, both in the federal level and state level".

The agency said it is "committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate", and that "any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule". Power plants would either have to cut back on their emissions or buy credits from utilities elsewhere.

When the Obama administration passed the rule, the EPA estimated it could avert up to 6,600 premature deaths, 150,000 asthma attacks and 3,300 heart attacks by 2030. "I was proud to support President Obama's Clean Power Plan in Congress, and, as governor, I will fight for Florida to enact a clean power plan to meet those goals".

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The CPP had been challenged in court by 27 states after it was launched in 2015. Under the Obama rule, the EPA decided on state standards and implementation, the Trump EPA contends.

In February the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the CPP until the lawsuit was addressed. If and when the Trump administration finalizes the repeal, he says he'll seek a court order to put a stop to what he calls an irresponsible and illegal effort to turn back the clock on public health. As communities across the nation this week are reeling from the recent series of massive hurricanes and deadly wildfires, the administration continues to signal its aversion to addressing an important piece of the puzzle: climate change.

The proposal will be published in the federal register today, which then kicks off a public comment period and is sure to generate legal challenges.

"I was humbled to have led the state-based coalition that defeated the power plan in court through an unprecedented stay at the Supreme Court, and am excited that the Trump administration is taking the final step to kill this bad, job-killing regulation".

This story originally appeared in High Country News.

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