'The War on Coal Is Over': EPA Rolls Back Obama Plan

Scott Pruitt says previous White House exceeded authority with 'clean power plan'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2017 11:10 AM CDT
'The War on Coal Is Over': EPA Rolls Back Obama Plan
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday. "The war on coal is over," he said, per the New York Times. Speaking in Kentucky coal country, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday "to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration." The plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and steer states toward cleaner sources of electricity. It was a centerpiece of the Obama administration's environmental policies, reports the AP.

The Environmental Protection Agency will declare that the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet. "The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy," Pruitt said. He spoke at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The move means the US likely wouldn't be able to meet emissions standards as part of the Paris climate accord, which President Trump has vowed to ditch. (More Scott Pruitt stories.)

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