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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.

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