Washington, DC. – Trump appointed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today announced that the agency will soon be doing away with a whole host of Obama-era regulations, including the “Clean Coal Power Plan”, which set state mandated targets for Carbon emissions.
“That rule really was about picking winners and losers,” Pruitt said. “The past administration was unapologetic, they were using every bit of power, authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers on how we pick electricity in this country. That is wrong.”
This comes several months after the Trump administration stated it was reviewing several controversial Obama-era regulations under the prowess of the EPA. Supporters of the move say that the Clean Coal Power Plan stifled job creation, and in fact killed many jobs across the coal belt, in particular in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the states with the largest coal production in the country.
The move was met with outrage from environmental groups which say that the regulations were necessary to curb Global Warming. Mr. Pruitt has stated that the EPA will continue to review various regulations and rules which have been implemented since 2009 and seek input from all stakeholders on how to best adjust these regulations to both protect the environment, and spur job growth in the energy sector.