Two words: Promise fulfilled.
The Environmental Protection Agency, under the guidance of President Trump, officially took its first step toward unraveling a climate change rule enacted by former President Barack Obama. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt just signed an order repealing what’s known as the Clean Power Plan.
Politico reports: “The Environmental Protection Agency said it will move to repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a 2015 regulation that aimed to hasten the electric power industry’s shift away from coal and toward greener sources of energy.”
According to the EPA, this rule is not only illegal, but it’s costly for taxpayers. The Agency is considering enacting a less stringent rule to combat climate change.
By ending the Obama-enacted climate rule, President Trump is fulfilling a key campaign promise, and is working at putting coal miners back to work.
Here’s what Pruitt said when he signed the order: “The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court. We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate. Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”
This repeal will not go into effect immediately. First it has to go through a comment period where the public can weigh in. Even though the Obama climate rule isn’t actually in effect (the courts have yet to rule on its constitutionality), several Democrat attorneys general are planning to sue the Trump Administration over the order.
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