EPA’s Scott Pruitt says White House will not back Obama’s Clean Power Plan

On Tuesday, the White House will take action to terminating former President Barack Obama’s measure that sought to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to CNBC.

“Tomorrow in Washington D.C., I’ll be 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,” said Pruitt in an address on Monday in Hazard, Kentucky.

The goal of the clean power plan was to limit greenhouse emissions from coal-fueled power plants. The regulation was President Obama’s signature policy on protecting the environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will proclaim the Obama administration’s measure exceeded federal policy by setting standards on emissions that power plants couldn’t stick to.

“The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy,” Pruitt said, accompanied at the Kentucky event by GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

CNN reported that it has procured a copy of the released measure to rescind Clean Power Plan, which per se is the result of President Donald Trump’s directives demanding a reassessment of the Obama policy and questioning the legitimacy of the initial rule.

“Under the interpretation proposed in this notice, the CPP exceeds the EPA’s statutory authority and would be repealed,” states the proposal. “The EPA welcomes comment on the legal interpretation addressed in this proposed rulemaking.”

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, reported CNN.

During the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency calculated that the Clean Power Plan would deter 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma seizures in children, CNN added.

With the Clean Power Plan, states were obliged to meet particular carbon emission standards.

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