EPA Chief Pruitt: Obama-Era Climate Rule Will be Replaced

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Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 administrator Cosmo Servidio, center, and EPA officials Reed Harvey, left, and Donna Mastro listen to speakers during an EPA public hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. The EPA was taking comments Tuesday and Wednesday on its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. (Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

December 8, 2017
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As the Trump administration continues to roll back Obama-era policies, the EPA says it is committed to replacing the Clean Power Plan.

Speaking to a House Energy and Commerce Committee Panel on Thursday, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt said a replacement for the Obama-era climate rule, which has already been repealed, will be introduced.

Pruitt has said before he will consider a replacement rather than just ending it outright, but the announcement gives more insight on the administration’s plans.

He has been a critic of the Clean Power Plan, which forces the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and other green house gases, calling many of the provisions in the rule illegal.

The Obama-era rule limited the power sector’s carbon emissions to just 32 percent.

Under the Trump administration, states will be given the freedom to determine emission cuts based on individual need without dictation from the EPA.

Coal miners listen to speakers during an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. The EPA was taking comments Tuesday and Wednesday on its proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. (Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)