Legal challenges may delay end of 'war on coal'

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

coal trainThe head of the EPA will sign a new rule today overriding the Obama administration's "Clean Power Plan." But after the period for public comment, it likely will be litigated for years to come.

"The war on coal is over," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said yesterday in Kentucky in making the announcement. The Clean Power Plan was an effort by the Obama administration to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Obama administration was concerned about what it called "man-made global warming" and therefore saw the Clean Power Plan as a way to combat the situation.

Regardless, many states and groups such as the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) consider the Clean Power Plan to be an unconstitutional power grab that was going to harm Americans through job cuts and more expensive utility bills. TPPF also said the rule would decrease global temperatures by only 0.02 degrees Centigrade.

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"This action [from the Trump administration] will be litigated for many years to come in the same way that [states sued] when the original Obama EPA Clean Power Plan rule was published," says TPPF's Robert Henneke. "That's when you had a 28-state coalition led by Texas that sued EPA in the first place to stop the rule; and at that time you had the environmental groups side with the Obama administration in trying to defend the rule."

Today's rule allows a brief public comment period for anyone to share their thoughts. Henneke predicts that won't be the end of the debate.

"When the rule becomes final in 60 days, then we fully expect the left-of-center states and environmental-type groups to file suit to try to force the Trump administration to keep this rule that they've determined was unlawfully adopted," he tells OneNewsNow.

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