President Donald Trump has taken an ax to much of former President Barack Obama’s legacy, and 26 states are asking the president to eliminate another overreaching rule from the previous administration.
Twenty-six states and state agencies are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to repeal Obama’s global warming regulations that have been crippling power plants for years.
Leading the coalition, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has made it clear that the Clean Power Plan is nothing more than an “unlawful” overreach that violates the Clean Air Act.
“The Power Plan’s binding emission limits require States to shift electricity generation from coal-fired plants to natural gas-fired plants and renewable sources,” the group wrote in their letter to the EPA on Wednesday, as reported by The Western Journal.
The coalition argues that Obama’s overreach was not only costly, but it forbid states from choosing how to manage and operate their own energy plants.
“This federally imposed policy interferes with the States’ authority to manage the mix of energy generation within their own borders,” the statement added.
In October 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt first proposed repealing the CPP, a move that unraveled another major self-proclaimed accomplishment from the Obama administration.
“We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate,” Pruitt said in October. “Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”
By repealing the CPP, the EPA will save roughly $33 billion in compliance costs, freeing up funds that can be allocated to more important items.
Trump has dismantled much of Obama’s legacy already, and listening to these 26 states will further showcase his commitment to reducing federal government overreach and giving more power back to the states.
Source: The Western Journal