Conservation Groups Slam EPA's Decision to Kill Clean Power Plan

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Under Obama, the plan was created to reduce USA national electricity sector emissions by an estimated 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

"The war on coal is over", Pruitt said in a televised speech at an event in the USA coal state of Kentucky on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

It's unclear if the EPA will draft new rules on greenhouse gases to replace the plan. The president's action targeted several environmental initiatives in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on natural resource extraction.

Both of West Virginia's senators, Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Joe Manchin, issued statements supporting Pruitt's announcement. "We will continue to work with the President Trump's administration to preserve low-priced, reliable electricity in America, and to protect the thousands of jobs and family livelihoods that rely on the USA coal industry", Broadbent added. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., also attacked the rollback on Monday.

"We could have a whole new economy of new job, new technology, cleaner and cheaper", he said.

Pruitt also added that President Trump demonstrated "tremendous courage" when he made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord this past June.

Environmentalists laud the CPP as a step toward lessening the nation's carbon footprint and saving billions of dollars nationwide in climate and public health costs.

Fossil fuels will continue to be a critical component of America's energy future.

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Utilities also is moving forward with contract negotiations for 100 more megawatts of renewable solar energy, part of its "Energy Vision" plan to reduce energy consumption and increase use of renewable energy.

Based on these trends, the Rhodium Group found power sector emissions would fall "27% to 35% below 2005 levels - bookending EPA's target for the CPP" despite the repeal.

When the Obama administration passed the rule, the EPA estimated it could avert up to 6,600 premature deaths, 150,000 asthma attacks and 3,300 heart attacks by 2030.

The final Clean Power Plan provides guidelines for the development, submittal, and implementation of state plans that establish standards of performance or other measures for affected EGUs in order to implement the interim and final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates. Thus, the entire Clean Power Plan is legally invalid. If and when the Trump administration finalizes the repeal, he says he'll seek a court order to put a stop to what he calls an irresponsible and illegal effort to turn back the clock on public health. It does not offer a replacement plan for regulating emissions of carbon dioxide, which the Supreme Court has ruled that the EPA is obligated to do. "We're going to have little tidbits left".

Recently, we've seen historic natural disasters, from hurricanes in the south to wildfires in the west, destroy homes and communities.

The EPA's proposed rule to withdraw from the CPP will undergo a public comment period.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has pledged to sue the Trump administration over the change, which she says violates the law and imperils the planet.

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