Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Clean Power Plan scrapped: The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency moved this week to re­peal for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s flag­ship en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy, de­signed to fight cli­mate change by curb­ing emis­sions from power plants. EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt is­sued a for­mal no­tice that the agency will re­peal the Clean Power Plan, which sought to re­duce U.S. power plant emis­sions to 32 per­cent be­low 2005 lev­els by 2030. The plan, which was fi­nal­ized in 2015 but has never gone into ef­fect be­cause of le­gal chal­lenges, would have re­quired states to meet emis­sions tar­gets at in­di­vid­ual plants and add cleaner en­ergy sources to their power grids. But the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tended the rule un­fairly pun­ished coal and other fos­sil-fuel pro­duc­ers. The past ad­min­is­tra­tion tried “to pick win­ners and losers in how we gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity,” said Pruitt this week, an­nounc­ing the re­peal to a group of coal min­ers in east­ern Kentucky. “And that’s wrong.”

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