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Tell Pruitt: Is the EPA Right Overturning the Clean Power Plan?

by Countable | 10.11.17

What’s the story?

The Trump administration is ending an Obama-era clean power initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Scott Pruitt, who heads the EPA, said the rule hurts coal-fired plants.

"The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy," Pruitt announced on Monday. Standing beside Mitch McConnell in the Senate majority leader’s home state of Kentucky, Pruitt said the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was "really was about picking winners and losers."

The CPP aimed to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s electricity sector 32 percent by 2030 (compared to 2005 levels). States would have been required to meet targets by reducing emissions at individual plants, investing in renewable energy, and deploying other energy-efficiency steps.

Why does it matter?

"The war on coal is over," Pruitt said on Monday. The following day, Pruitt issued a proposed rule to roll back the CPP.

The EPA said in a statement that repealing the "so-called Clean Power Plan" will “facilitate the development of U.S. energy resources and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.” The move is aimed at strengthening the nation’s struggling coal industry.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) welcomed the announcement, saying the CPP "would have hurt energy workers in Wyoming and harmed the state’s economy."

However, the Baltimore Sun wrote:

"If the ‘war on coal is over’…then the war on breathing has been launched."

In an editorial, the paper noted that "there is virtually nothing about the Trump administration’s decision to overturn the CPP…that makes sense — not the claim of reviving the coal industry, not the promise of utility savings and especially not the suggestion that Americans stand to benefit from such a short-sighted, science-averse and destructive policy change."

According to the International Energy Agency, coal-fired power plants generate 40 percent of global electricity, but contribute to over 70 percent of carbon dioxide.

The CPP had never been implemented; it was put on hold by the Supreme Court after 28 attorneys general – including then-Oklahoma AG Pruitt – and energy-industry groups challenged the CPP in court.

What do you think?

The EPA is expected to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "in the near future" to take comments on whether and how it should replace the CPP. When the comment period opens, Countable will be there to help facilitate your messaging.

In the meantime, try our latest widget: it’ll let you email, or call, Scott Pruitt directly. Hit it, and let the EPA know if you celebrate the "end of the war on coal" or agree “the war on breathing has been launched.”

—Josh Herman

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  • Meziane
    10/11/2017
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    Dear representatives, are you seriously willing to allow this ? Are you going to let our irresponsible president destroy our planet ? Think about our children, about the future of human race, think about how the future generation will see you, how they will hate you all and treat you as the one who let our planet turn to hell, we people will never let that happen, and you represent us, represent our voice - DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN

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  • Arthur
    10/11/2017
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    Economically, burning coal, oil or natural gas no longer makes sense. The industry is subject to price fluctuation. Conversely, renewable energy is technology driven and deflationary in terms of price while always producing more as technology progresses. Solar energy is now at or below parity with conventional power output with the added benefit of being clean, renewable and nonpolluting. Even the Middle Eastern countries get this, as the former Saudi oil minister, Sheikh Zaki Yamani was quoted in the economist saying “THE Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.”

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  • Cathy
    10/11/2017
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    And as a country we are going to allow 45 to get away with upending all legislation with Obama's signature that protects and saves American lives as well as the rest of the world ? 45 cannot stand the fact that a Black man is more successful at leadership!!

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  • Mancos
    10/11/2017
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    It is abhorrent that this rule is being overturned, just as our departure from the world stage to prevent climate change is counter-intuitive to the health and welfare of our planet...not to mention future generations. I cringe whenever Trump says"believe me" as that is the first indicator that he is about to add another lie to all the others. When will this administration be gone?

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  • Dean
    10/11/2017
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    Don't overturn the Clean Power Plan.

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  • Jenna
    10/12/2017
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    This is a bad decision. It is no longer feasible to rely on coal when natural gas is cleaner and cheaper. Mitch McConnell you would better serve the people of coal country by retraining them for jobs that can take them into the future. Coal is a dying industry and major pollution source do not allow these regulations to be rolled back.

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  • Michael777
    10/11/2017
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    Heck no! Overturning this act would spell doom for our planet! Climate change is real, and we should be doing everything to stop it and reverse it!

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  • Emh
    10/11/2017
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    The Trump administration is absolutely correct in pulling back this executive branch overreach. Even President Obama said the whole point of it was to make everyone’s electricity rates skyrocket so that the people would force Congress to take action. It was a bad idea. Holding the American people hostage by their wallets to force a flawed ideology on them is a bad idea.

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  • Dorian
    10/11/2017
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    Please do not let Pruitt overturn the clean power initiatives

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  • Alec
    10/11/2017
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    The coal industry is struggling as will any finite source that becomes less prevalent. Removing regulatory precautions placed to help protect our environment which includes clean air, and our own health. Appealing those rules wouldn’t be a wise move, it may help for a bit but soon we may look like China. We must move in the direction of clean renewable power to ensure jobs, help our deteriorating earth and the future children.

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  • Pamela
    10/12/2017
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    We have one earth. What is it about this fact that Pruitt, McConnell, and the rest of the GOP circus don’t understand?

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  • Phyllis
    10/11/2017
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    Please do not let Pruitt overturn the clean power initiatives.

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  • Deirdre
    10/11/2017
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    This is disgusting that people in power can let This go thru. I remember the pollution and am sad that this is going to come back. I know it’s about making money but you all have to breathe the same air

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  • Kathi
    10/11/2017
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    Of COURSE the government must step in when actions by a business result in poisoning our citizens! You head the Environmental PROTECTION Agency and despite what you think the word protection means it is the word 'Environmental' that seems to confuse you most. Your agency does not exist to protect corporate profits, it exists to protect the only planet we have from the excesses and disregard of corporate entities.

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  • Mary anne
    10/12/2017
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    The only reason that Trump and Pruitt are doing this is because it has Obama’s name on it.Don’t you find that rather petty? Like everything else he and this joker administration does. He is dangerous . He threatens war like he’s playing a game! I suggest you people start doing your job and impeach this idiot! He will take you down with him. And guess what nobody much likes you anyway. You republicans make us all sick!

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  • Matt
    10/11/2017
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    Do not over turn

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  • Vanessa
    10/11/2017
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    NO! Take a look at LA in the 70’s...how soon we forget....

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  • Jim
    10/12/2017
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    Breathing should be a top priority.

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  • Alexandra
    10/12/2017
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    Dear Representatives: the future of the very ground we stand on is at stake. Please do not support backtracking on the Clean Air Act in any way--politically or otherwise. Not only does such a measure blatantly ignore scientific theory as it pertains to climate change, it is economically regressive and limits growth trajectories that have value and limitless potential by way of innovation. We are nation of leaders. Please, for the next generation that grows in our wombs, for our well-being and prosperity as a nation, do everything your office empowers you to do by keeping us on the best path. We are trusting you to look forward. Thank you.

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  • Joanne
    10/12/2017
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    EPA's Pruitt' moves to rollback over 30 environmental regulations is a crime, a raping of America. His repeal to pollution in waterways, delaying rules to stop leaking of methane and greenhouse gases and reversal of a ban to stop the use of pesticides is a crime of murder to the people, children, of America, the world, the planet Earth. He is doing this while giving money and power to major corporations and lobbying groups. Coal will never be back. Theses people need to be trained in solar and wind energies, technology and infrastructure. This is truly murder and he MUST be STOPPED!!! Thank you.

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