Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environment Protection Agency, declared that the Trump administration will rollback President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan according to the Associated Press. The Obama-era policy was an effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Upon the announcement, Director Pruitt declared that 'the War on Coal is over', even though a new front on Trump's war against the environment had just begun.
What was the Clean Power Plan?
Obama’s plan was designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.
The Trump administration claims that science doesn't support the existence of climate change
Closely tied to the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that man-man emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change. President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines.
Pruitt claims Trump showed 'courage' by putting the human race at greater risk for catastrophic climate change.
“This president has tremendous courage,” Pruitt said Monday. “He put America first and said to the rest of the world we are going to say no and exit the Paris Accord. That was the right thing to do.”