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ND officials happy with rollback of EPA's carbon emissions rule

ND officials happy with rollback of EPA's carbon emissions rule

EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced the "war on coal is over" Monday, as the Trump administration announced its repeal of President Obama's Clean Power Plan.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced he'll go to court to block the Trump administration's repeal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

"This is great news for our state and the coal industry", said Gov. Jim Justice. "If Trump and the Republicans roll back critical safeguards like the Clean Air and Water Act, Andrew will act to make sure that Florida implements its own safeguards, so that corporate polluters are not allowed to spew unlimited amounts of mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide or other pollutants into our air and water", he said. Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate's environment committee, said the Clean Power Plan would have hurt energy workers in his state of Wyoming, the country's top coal-producing state.

It required States to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based in their energy consumption, including an incentive program for States to accelerate early deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency.

Environmental groups and public health advocates quickly derided Pruitt's decision as short-sighted.

"The Clean Power plan is not only based on a strong legal foundation, but is in line with the fact that Coloradans want their elected officials to take action to address climate change".

"Mr. Pruitt has now participated in this issue as lawyer for one side, then as the judge and jury at EPA, and now as the executioner of the Clean Power Plan", he said.

The agency is not committing to writing a new regulation governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Washington Post reports it has obtained a draft of that new proposal, sharing that it does not offer a replacement plan for regulating emissions of carbon dioxide, but instead, intends to ask for public input on how best to cut emissions from natural-gas and coal-fired power plants.

"The Trump Administration's persistent and indefensible denial of climate change — and their continued assault on actions essential to stemming its increasing devastation — is reprehensible, and I will use every available legal tool to fight their unsafe agenda", said Schneiderman, a Democrat. Thus, the entire Clean Power Plan is legally invalid. Pruitt's rule wouldn't become final for months and is expected to face legal challenges filed by left-leaning states and environmental groups.

"The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court", Pruitt said in signing the rule.

The estimate also did not fully consider the future damage done from lasting carbon emissions and the costs of USA carbon pollution overseas, critics say.

The first year of Donald Trump's presidency has been characterized - despite his bumptiousness - not by executive overreach, but executive retrenchment. "This won't revive coal or stop the USA from reaching our Paris goal".

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