Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Schneiderman To Sue EPA Over Clean Power Plan Repeal

Schneiderman To Sue EPA Over Clean Power Plan Repeal

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

The Washington Post: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Tells Coal miners He Will Repeal Power-Plan Rule Tuesday: "The War Against Coal Is Over" - "The 43-page proposal, which was obtained by The Washington Post and other news outlets last week, argues that the agency overstepped its legal authority in seeking to force utilities to reduce carbon emissions outside their actual facilities to meet federal emissions targets".

Many state and local officials have also said that they will work to reduce emissions even if the Trump administration cancels national climate policies. "Our state is already feeling the effects of climate change and sea level rise - a single hurricane just destroyed countless homes, took dozens of lives and knocked out power across our entire state", said Graham, daughter of Bob Graham, a long-time Florida politician who served as governor and USA senator.

"Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule", Pruitt said.

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

The plan was the country's first federal carbon pollution restriction for power plants.

"No matter who is in the White House, the EPA is legally required to limit risky carbon pollution, and the Clean Power Plan is an achievable, affordable way to do that", Brune said in a Monday news release. Generators argued at the D.C. Circuit Court previous year that amounts to forcing coal plants to subsidize their competitors or shut down.

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

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A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

He added: "No matter who is in the White House, the EPA is legally required to limit risky carbon pollution, and the Clean Power Plan is an achievable, affordable way to do that".

Against that baseline, "the CPP was projected to have a significant impact", the analysis said.

"Governor Christie's decision to pull out not only slowed progress on lowering emissions, but it also cost New Jerseyans tens of millions of dollars that should have been used to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and improve air quality in urban communities", Murphy explains on his campaign website. Twenty-seven states joined the challenge, which is still pending.

"The war on coal is over", Pruitt declared in the coal mining state of Kentucky.

"I would do away with these incentives that we give to wind and solar", he said, according to the Hill. In fact, the EPA was being sued by states that were hoping to test it, but the Trump EPA asked the court to put the case on hold while it formulated this proposal.

"We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate", EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a news release.

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