Pruitt's Clean Power Break

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"This assault on the Clean Power Plan won't just dial up climate pollution - it will hurt our economy by slowing the expansion of clean energy jobs while also increasing healthcare costs and leading to thousands of lives lost", said the Environmental Defense Fund in a Monday morning email to thousands of supporters.

Pruitt's remarks won him a standing ovation from the industry crowd.

Eastern Kentucky remaining optimistic about the future.

While coal jobs are unlikely to come back in droves with this or other actions the administration is taking, the move would make good on Trump's promise to rescind any existing regulations that "unduly burden the development of domestic energy resources".

Under President Barack Obama, the EPA estimated the Clean Power Plan could prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.

There was already an investigation underway into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial flights, and as the Washington Post reports, that examination is now broadening. The past administration was unapologetic.

"Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers". Today's announcement from Pruitt is an expected result of that order.

"It's Congress that passes legislation that gives us direction, that gives us our orders as far as how we administer that statute, it gives us the parameters". And they are still pushing the Trump administration to be creative now.

The CPP was initially proposed by the EPA in 2014 and President Obama revealed a final version of the plan in 2015.

The Supreme Court put the plan on hold past year following a legal challenge by industry and coal-friendly states. That compares to the 32% drop in emissions by 2030 under Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Bloomberg News first reported on the repeal proposal.

"I am proud to lead the coalition of states and localities defending the Clean Power Plan in federal court", he said in a statement.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was among those who said they will sue.

One battleground will be EPA's number crunching.

But the Trump administration is insisting that the battle against Clean Power Plant Act is not only political, but also legal. He said that on Tuesday, he will sign a proposed rule to formally withdraw from the plan. On the other hand, the industry leaders have applauded the decision. In the leaked proposal, the agency said that it "is considering whether it is appropriate to propose such a rule" and that EPA "in the near future" will ask for comment about what a replacement rule might look like. A plant-specific approach "would be grossly insufficient to address the public health and environmental impacts from Carbon dioxide emissions", Obama's EPA said.



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