Washington, D.C. – Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to sign a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan. ACCCE commends EPA for taking this action and issued the following statement by Paul Bailey, President and CEO.
“The Clean Power Plan is the poster child for bad regulation. It is illegal, expensive, and ineffective, and we commend Administrator Pruitt for repealing it,” said Bailey. “In addition, the Clean Power Plan would have caused the retirement of more coal-fueled power plants, which are needed to maintain a secure and resilient electricity grid. We look forward to working with EPA and other stakeholders to ensure that this sensible repeal is finalized quickly.”
Twenty-seven states as well as other parties sought judicial review of the CPP in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Subsequently, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed implementation of the rule pending judicial review. The Clean Power Plan would cost as much as $4 billion in 2020, rising to $30 billion in 2030, according to EPA. At the same time, the Clean Power Plan would reduce global temperature increase by only 0.02 degree F (1/50th of a degree F) by 2100, and reduce sea level rise by only the thickness of two sheets of paper (0.2 millimeter).
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a partnership of industries involved in producing electricity from coal. Coal, an affordable and reliable energy resource, provides one-third of our nation’s electricity.