Pruitt, Perry Move to Boost Coal

Via The Washington Examiner:

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will sign his proposed rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan on Tuesday, he said Monday morning in the coal-mining state of Kentucky.

He will lay out the financial gain of killing the Obama administration’s climate rules for the coal industry.

“Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers,” Pruitt said.

The plan, which required states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2030, has been on ice since February 2016, when the Supreme Court blocked it as it worked its way through the courts. He said the withdrawal of the plan would come on Tuesday. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from more than two dozen states and over 100 industry groups challenging the Obama-era rules in September 2016, but has not ruled on the case.

Meanwhile, Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule to give the industry incentives for the reliability it provides to the electric grid is working its way through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at a fevered clip.

Those two moves by the Trump administration would provide a major, two-pronged plan to boost coal-fired power plants.

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