EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s signature regulatory program to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Pruitt made the announcement at an event in Hazard, Ky., casting the previous policy as unfair.
“That rule really was about picking winners and losers,” Pruitt said. “The past administration was unapologetic, they were using every bit of power, authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers on how we pick electricity in this country. That is wrong.”
He said that on Tuesday, he will sign a proposed rule to formally withdraw from the plan.
“It is right for this administration to say the war is over,” Pruitt said.
The decision comes after President Trump in late March ordered a review of the controversial program, which was put on hold more than a year ago by the Supreme Court amid legal challenges from, among others, Pruitt himself.
The Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants by having states meet certain targets. Supporters see the plan as a critical plank in efforts to curb global warming, but critics contend it would kill thousands of jobs and take direct aim at the struggling coal sector.
It’s important to remember though, that Trump recently appointed a major coal lobbyist to the second most powerful position within the EPA and Trump’s Sec of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, was a major coal CEO who made his wealth from the coal industry. Certainly seems like a conflict of interest from the outside looking in. While the rest of the world channels new energy technologies that both create jobs and boost the environment America will be taking a massive step backward. This will have potentially massive implications, of that be sure.