Officials in 24 states are urging President-elect Donald Trump to end climate regulations the Obama administration foisted upon the coal industry.
The coalition, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, wants Trump to kill the Clean Power Plan (CPP) enacted by President Barack Obama. They want Congress to use legislative maneuvers to prevent the EPA from drafting similar regulations in the future.
The CPP was designed to force coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 to 32 percent below 2005 levels. It is also expected to cost an eye-bulging $41 billion annually.
“The order (to withdraw the plan) should explain that it is the administration’s view that the (Clean Power Plan) is unlawful and that EPA lacks authority to enforce it,” Morrisey told reporters. “The executive order is necessary to send an immediate and strong message to States and regulated entities that the administration will not enforce the rule.”
Trump’s well-documented climate skepticism and his move to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA could provide Paxton and Morrisey with enough firepower to make a dent in the CPP.
Pruitt, a Republican, has been involved in many legal challenges against the EPA in the past, especially targeting the agency’s all-encompassing climate regulations. Pruitt is currently engaging in legal challenges to the CPP and Clean Water Rule (CWR).
Trump staked much of his presidential campaign on promises to revive the coal industry and reduce regulations hampering oil and natural gas production on federal lands.
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