Vermont attorney general joins defense of clean power rules

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) praised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's clarification that states are not obligated to comply with the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was stayed by the Supreme Court past year. "We won't hesitate to protect those we serve - including by aggressively opposing in court President Trump's actions that ignore both the law and the critical importance of confronting the very real threat of climate change". The Clean Power Plan was meant to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions, which many climate scientists say contribute to man-made global warming, from power plants.

The plan, which was put into effect in 2015, was created to cut power plant emissions of carbon dioxide and help the environment. The plan was opposed by the coal-mining industry, which was concerned about losing market share to cleaner natural gas and renewable energy technologies.

But it's been hung up in courts since February of past year after more than two dozen states and other industry officials sued to block the measure, calling it unconstitutional.

The Trump administration intends to seek a longer "stay order" on the court proceedings to either revise the plan or undo it completely.

Smokestacks emitting greenhouse gases. An Interior Department regulation, which keeps a tab on hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells on federal lands and requires firms to disclose the chemicals pumped underground and seal off waste water in storage tanks, is also on the anvil to be rescinded. "By his own admission, climate change was a "hoax" and "...the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive". According to a report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce previous year, it would have cost more than 220,000 jobs across the country. "We are committed to working with the new administration and Congress in uprooting unlawful rulemaking which has had an adverse effect on States and our economy".

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