EPA Pulls Out of Clean Power Plan

Oct 10, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will repeal former President Obama’s plan to fight global warming. Pruitt spoke at a mining event and announced his decision to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP was finalized in 2015. It’s goal was to “cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.” The CPP was designed to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord. But the rule never was implemented because the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay in 2016. The government hopes to save $33 billion by not repealing the rule. The Obama administration low balled the cost of the CPP saying that it would cost $8.4 billion and deliver benefits “ranging from $14 to #34 billion by 2030.” Currently there are no plans by the EPA to replace the Clean Power Plan.