Scott Pruitt Throws Out Obama’s Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency will repeal the Clean Power Plan, Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on Tuesday. The plan was a significant policy success of President Barack Obama.

“Clean the Regulatory Slate”

The Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade dramatically – to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Pruitt determined that the plan exceeded the EPA’s authority and is inconsistent with the Clean Air Act. His push to end the program will supposedly bolster the energy economy and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

“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.” – Scott Pruitt

Yes, the rollback will “clean the regulatory slate” indeed. Pruitt is a known climate denier; he was appointed by Trump in large part because of their shared views that man-made greenhouse gas emissions do not cause climate change. The Administrator is also known to have close ties to the oil and gas industry in his home state of Oklahoma. As Oklahoma’ s attorney general, Pruitt was one of a group of around two-dozen attorney generals who sued the Obama administration for imposing limits on carbon emissions.

Pruitt’s pockets are lined with fossil fuel money. His choice to gut the Clean Power Plan directly benefits him and his interests. Never mind the summer of rampant wildfires, storms, and floods. Never mind that the Earth sustains human life.

None other than House Speaker Paul Ryan applauded the proposed rule, saying in a statement,

“Repealing the Clean Power Plan is the right move for the economy and for the rule of law. The Obama administration’s signature climate rule was a vast, unlawful expansion of government authority into the energy sector with wide-reaching consequences for our economy.”

Well, economic extremists like Rep. Ryan are lying to you. The energy could be revived and booming with green energy jobs. The development of a green energy sector would benefit us all. Instead, fossil fuel companies want to profit at the expense of the humanity.

Democratic Dissent

Democrats condemned Pruitt’s decision to roll back the rule, calling it “dangerous and a disregard for the effects of global climate change.”

Delaware Senator Tom Carper, a top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee and a longtime advocate for climate change response, said that Trump and Pruitt “are on the wrong side of history.”

“It will have serious consequences for the health of the public and our planet, and the American people deserve actual answers.” – Sen. Tom Carper

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall voiced concern for the impact of climate change globally and the potential for severe droughts and wildfires in his state.

“The Trump administration’s continued denial of climate change in service of big polluters will have grave consequences for our children and our grandchildren.” – Sen. Tom Udall

California Governor Jerry Brown, whose state is currently the scene of multiple wildfires, vowed to do even better than the Clean Power Plan at lowering emissions.

“California will, in fact, exceed the goals of the Clean Power Plan. We will push ahead and work with states that share our belief in science and the imperative to combat global warming.” – Gov. Jerry Brown

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