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USA formally proposes to scrap Obama's carbon-cutting plan

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Dexter Carr | 11 October, 2017, 00:10

Thus, the entire Clean Power Plan is legally invalid. "We will push ahead and work with states that share our belief in science and the imperative to combat global warming".

The Clean Power Plan was created after executive order back in 2015, and was used as the main tool of the USA to meet its Paris Agreement pledges. Last year, Governor Brown signed SB 32, which commits California to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - the most ambitious target in North America.

"(T) he CPP exceeds the EPA's statutory authority and would be repealed", stated the rulemaking proposal that accompanied Trump's executive order.

The Clean Power Plan, which sought to reduce USA carbon emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was government by the administrative state on a scale that has never been attempted before.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt has fought the Clean Power Plan since he was elected attorney general of Oklahoma.

Conservation Colorado, however, applauded Gov. John Hickenlooper's pledge to stay the course on efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the state.

States then develop and implement plans that ensure that the power plants in their state - either individually, together or in combination with other measures - achieve the interim Carbon dioxide emissions performance rates over the period of 2022 to 2029 and the final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates, rate-based goals or mass-based goals by 2030.

The withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan is the latest in a series of moves by Trump and Pruitt to dismantle Obama's legacy on fighting climate change, including the delay or roll back of rules limiting levels of toxic pollution in smokestack emissions and wastewater discharges from coal-burning power plants.

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The final Clean Power Plan provides guidelines for the development, submittal, and implementation of state plans that establish standards of performance or other measures for affected EGUs in order to implement the interim and final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates.

The EPA has not yet determined whether it would create a replacement rule to regulate greenhouse gases. That requirement comes from the Obama administration's finding that greenhouse gases pose a danger to the USA public, called an endangerment finding.

But there are a couple of additional things the EPA would like to hear from the public about.

"In addition, NRDC expects to take EPA to court when the Clean Power Plan repeal is made final".

The EPA also thinks that it is avoiding the issue of having two different entities-itself and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-both regulating the power grid.

But environmentalists and other supporters of the plan said Pruitt's cost estimates did not fully consider billions of dollars in savings from reduced medical bills that would result from steep cuts in pollution from coal.

The administration said it would also issue a proposed rule seeking comments from the public on next steps after the repeal is implemented.

The New York Times has hosted a preliminary version of the proposed EPA rules.

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