EPA plans to repeal Obama-era Clean Power Plan

EPA plans to repeal Obama-era Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency just announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, Obama's signature climate rule aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The plan, which embraces renewables, solar and wind power, but not so much natural gas, calls for states to reduce emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Pruitt made the announcement at a coal-focused event in Hazard, Ky., alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children's health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.).

EPA says repealing the rule will save Americans $33 billion in compliance costs.

"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".

Former EPA chief Gina McCarthy took.

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This is the latest example of how the Trump administration is aggressively targeting Obama-era regulations and other efforts to prepare and respond to climate change, from announcing plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord to axing restrictions on building in flood zones.

It was not immediately clear if Pruitt would seek to issue a new rule without congressional approval, which Republicans had criticized the Obama administration for doing.

"Even with the Clean Power Plan under a Supreme Court stay and the subject of litigation, utilities - particularly large investor-owned utilities - are retiring older, inefficient coal-fired plants because they are too costly to retrofit", added Lightfoot, now a partner at law firm Dorsey & Whitney.

When the rule was finalized in 2015, power plants were the largest source of U.S. climate pollution, comprising 31% of the nation's emissions. Back in March, Trump signed an executive order ordering the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan.

Pruitt, a climate change denier and former Oklahoma attorney general with strong ties to his state's oil and gas industries, was one of the policy's early critics. The plan was also an integral part of the commitment USA 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. President Trump has also promised to pull the country out of the global agreement. Almost 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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