EPA Admin: White House Will Withdraw from Clean Power Plan

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While speaking in Kentucky at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pruitt said he will sign the proposed rule repealing Obama's plan Tuesday.

"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".

The United States, if the Trump administration follows through on its pledge to withdraw, would join Syria as the only two nations not to be signatories to the agreement.

A copy of the leaked proposal obtained by U.S. media showed that Pruitt will scrap the plan citing reasons that it "exceeds the EPA's statutory authority".

"(T) he CPP exceeds the EPA's statutory authority and would be repealed", stated the rulemaking proposal that accompanied Trump's executive order.

"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". The plan must also include a backstop of federally enforceable standards on affected power plants that fully meet the emission guidelines and that would be triggered if the state measures fail to result in the affected plants achieving the required emissions reductions on schedule.

"We fully support President Trump and Administrator Pruitt's decision to fully repeal the so-called Clean Power Plan".

It's disappointing that the current administration is choosing to hold the country back from what's possible: a future where carbon-free, American-made energy drives our economy, creates jobs, and is a part of a global solution to a climate crisis we now face. He argued the plan was bureaucratic overreach. The Clean Air Act, in its view, is meant to regulate the pollution produced by individual sources.

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Former EPA employees have reacted harshly to the planned repeal of the rule. That requirement comes from the Obama administration's finding that greenhouse gases pose a danger to the United States public, called an endangerment finding.

The regulation aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Once it's published, the public will have 60 days to submit comments.

Nevertheless, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Monday he will continue the charge to see the plan become reality. But the agency said it would soon solicit information on a potential replacement.

And Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said Trump and Pruitt are launching "one of the most egregious attacks" on public health and climate safety.

The formal rollback of that initiative, the Clean Power Plan, also will prolong uncertainty over the makeup of the USA energy mix and how much utilities must do to cut emissions generated by burning fossil fuels. "In West Virginia, our coal miners, their families and entire communities felt the blow of that misguided approach to energy production".

The decision goes in line with June's decision to withdraw the U.S. from Paris Agreement with the wider aim to revive the USA coal industry and boost domestic fossil fuels production.

Pruitt himself drafted an "inside of the fence" alternative to the Clean Power Plan in 2014.

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