The Trump administration announced Monday it would repeal the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 regulation that sharply curbed greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and a key part of President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.
At an event in Hazard, Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt said the prior administration had overreached in enacting the rule, which pushed U.S. power plants to cut fossil fuel emissions by a third from 2005 levels by 2030.
“The war on coal is over,” Mr. Pruitt said. “Tomorrow in Washington D.C., I will be signing a proposed rule to roll back the Clean Power Plan.”
Withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan will make it harder for the U.S. to comply with the Paris agreement, which required that the U.S. reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The goal of the Paris agreement was to decrease global carbon emissions in a bid to cap global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels.
President Trump has said the U.S. will formally withdraw from the accord — under which 195 countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions — but has also said he might try to “renegotiate” it.
Coal-fired and natural gas power plans account for one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
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