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Trump launches review to unwind Clean Power Plan

President Trump yesterday issued an executive order to begin the process to roll back U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan.

The order also directs EPA to review rules for methane emissions from new oil and gas sources and tells agencies to stop considering climate change and the social cost of carbon when making decisions.

The move begins a long process on the Clean Power Plan for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who will have to open a new rulemaking, take comment and fight lawsuits from environmental groups and more than a dozen states. Trump's order also directed the attorney general to try to halt or delay court consideration of the rule. That will likely mean asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to hold the case that judges heard oral arguments for in September in abeyance. The court could ignore that request and issue a decision anyway.

Here's the text of the order.

A new study from the Rhodium Group shows the United States would essentially stop reducing its overall level of greenhouse gas emissions if the administration rescinds the Clean Power Plan under the order. That's even though the power sector continues to shift away from coal and toward lower-carbon natural gas and renewables.

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Stay tuned while E&E News works to update the Power Plan Hub based on the recent executive action.

Read more:

  • Trump signed the order surrounded by coal miners at EPA headquarters. Reporter Kevin Bogardus was in the room (E&E News PM, March 28).
  • The administration claims nixing the CPP would prevent double-digit electricity price increases, but those numbers are on the high end of the spectrum (Climatewire, March 28).
  • Trump will have a hard time reviving a coal industry eroded by cheap natural gas and automation (Energywire, March 29).
  • The executive order is finally out. What now? (Climatewire, March 29).
  • Trump's order sets the stage for high-stakes court battles (Energywire, March 29).
  • The move also revealed cracks in the GOP approach (E&E Daily, March 29).
  • Have markets rendered the Keystone XL pipeline and Clean Power Plan irrelevant? (Climatewire, March 28).

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