Administration to Nix Obama’s Clean Power
October 09, 2017
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
administrator Scott Pruitt says the
administration of President Donald Trump
will withdraw from Clean Power Plan set in
motion by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Addressing a crowd in Kentucky Monday,
Pruitt said that he plans to sign a proposed
rule Tuesday to withdraw from the plan,
which was aimed at slowing global warming.
power should not be used by any regulatory
body to pick winners and losers," he said.
"That rule really was about picking winners
and losers," Pruitt said, claiming that the
previous administration had used regulators
to tip the scales in the competition to
generate electricity in the United States.
A centerpiece of the Obama administration's
environmental policies, the clean power plan
aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions
from coal-fired power plants.
Earlier this year, the Trump administration
pulled the United States out of the landmark
2015 Paris Climate Accord, saying it was
unfair to the American people. While hailed
by some Republican lawmakers, the decision
was met with criticism by scientists and