Trump Will Sign Executive Order To Undo Obama Power Plant Regulations

Posted at 8:41 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 09:41:16-04

EPA director Scott Pruitt confirmed President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to roll back Obama-era power plant regulations.

"We've made tremendous progress on our environment, and we can be both pro-jobs and pro-environment. And the executive order's going to address the past administration's effort to kill jobs across this country through the Clean Power Plan," Pruitt said on ABC's "This Week."

The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan was first introduced in 2015 to help cut carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The initiative set a goal to reduce greenhouse emissions up to 32 percent by 2030.

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But it's been on hold since last year. A federal appeals court is considering a challenge on the plan from coal-friendly, Republican-led states and more than 100 companies. 

Pruitt said with this new executive order, Trump hopes to bring back coal mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.

And undoing the Clean Power Plan could help Trump keep his promise to "cancel job-killing restrictions" on the production of American energy.

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