In announcing the repeal, Pruitt made numerous same arguments that he had made for years to Congress and in lawsuits: that the Obama administration exceeded its legal authority in an effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
"The Supreme Court has concluded multiple times that EPA is obligated by law to move forward with action to regulate greenhouse gases", said McCarthy, "but this administration has no intention of following the law".
Thankfully, many state and local leaders, including the governors of the nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), are doing just that: moving ahead with plans for cleaner air and energy sources that will protect public health, create jobs, and save customers billions of dollars on their energy bills too.
The Clean Power Plan aimed to dramatically lessen the greenhouse-gas emissions that scientists agree are fueling the planet's rapid warming, contributing to climate change and erratic, unsafe weather patterns. Utilities shelved coal projects in preparation of the rule, and coal-fired facilities were scheduled to shut down because it would be virtually impossible for them to comply with the emissions mandates and remain financially viable.
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"Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I'll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan from the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule", Pruitt told the crowd at the unannounced visit to the event, to raucous applause.
The EPA will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, Reuters reports, citing an internal EPA document.
The Trump administration will kick off the process Tuesday to repeal the Obama administration's landmark climate change rule for power plants.
Many coal plants closed down and thousands of miners lost their jobs. A leaked copy of the EPA's repeal argues that the us would save $33 billion by not complying with the regulation, and that it doesn't provide significant health benefits, as the Obama administration claimed.
"That rule really was about picking winners and losers", he said.
Liz Perera, climate policy director for the Sierra Club, said repealing the Clean Power Plan "is about one thing and one thing only: helping corporate polluters profit".