Reviews of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obamaera Clean Power Plan are rolling in.
“Numerous constitutional scholars have argued the plan was unconstitutional because it violates the division of authority between the states and the federal government and the Fifth Amendment’s property rights protections and due process provisions,” says H. Sterling Burnett, an environment and energy policy research fellow with the Chicago-based Heartland Institute.
“Even if it weren’t unconstitutional, it’s still terrible policy, because it imposes huge costs on individuals and businesses and makes the nation’s electric power supply less reliable — all while doing nothing to prevent climate change or to protect human health or the environment. Good riddance to a bad regulation,” says Mr. Burnett.
Philanthropist and former presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg, meanwhile, is concerned about the turn of events — so much so that on Wednesday, he donated $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s ongoing “Beyond Coal” advocacy program, which has helped “secure the retirement of 259 dirty power plants” thanks to a previous multimillion dollar donation by the former New York City mayor.
“The Trump administration has yet to realize that the war on coal was never led by Washington — and Washington cannot end it,” declares Mr. Bloomberg.