Trump’s EPA Chief Doubling Down On Coal And Fossil Fuels

The Trump-appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency plans to repeal today an environmental protection put into effect by Obama. EPA chief Scott Pruitt told miners in Kentucky on Monday of his intention to remove a power plant rule that limits greenhouse gas emissions.

“The war against coal is over,” Pruitt assured the miners.

Attending an event in Hazard, Kentucky with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pruitt announced that his agency would release a new proposal today:

Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be a signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule.

The Washington Post and other news outlets received a 43-page draft of the proposal, which argues that the EPA overstepped its legal authority in forcing utilities to reduce their carbon emissions. Much like McConnell’s many failed attempts to repeal Obamacare, Pruitt’s proposal does not offer a replacement plan for the Obama’s 2015 Clean Power Plan.

Instead, the proposal would rather remove the environmental protections currently in place that regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and then later at some point will seek public input on how best to cut emissions from power plants that run on natural gas and coal.

“Any replacement rule that the Trump administration proposes will be done carefully and properly, within the confines of the law,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in an email.

In other words, Pruitt and Trump have no intention of replacing the Clean Power Plan with environmental protections that negatively affect the coal industry anytime soon.

The repeal-and-not-replace proposal arrives months after President Trump gave Pruitt a directive to rewrite the Clean Power Plan, as part of his administration’s general policy of erasing his predecessor’s efforts to combat climate change.

Read about Pruitt’s plan to remove clean energy tax credits on page 2…

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