Executive action to kill Clean Power Plan coming this week: EPA chief

Former President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a joint press conference on Nov. 12 2014 in Beijing a day after the countries joint announcement on climate change

Trump has already alarmed environmentalists by ordering completion of the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, promising to revive the moribund US coal industry, and asking the EPA to reconsider rules regulating clean water and fuel economy for cars. "This is an effort to undo the unlawful approach the previous administration engaged in and do it right going forward with the mind set of being pro-growth and pro-environment". "Paris was just a bad deal". "And we can achieve both".

"This Clean Power Plan is something that the Supreme Court, as you know, has said is likely unlawful", he said. "So our actions, starting on Tuesday, shortly after the executive order, will make sure that whatever steps we take in the future will be pro-growth, pro-environment, but within the framework of the Clean Air Act, and it will be legal". The limits on existing facilities aim to cut carbon pollution by about one-third by 2030, compared with 2005 levels, and the rule is subject to a pending lawsuit before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The coming order underscores Trump's commitment to make good on his campaign promises, which helped propel him to victory in industrial strongholds such as West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Obama's Clean Power Plan was created to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electricity by 32 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. But the demand for coal has been waning, given the abundance of natural gas in recent years. The order would dissolve the task force that calculated what has become known as "the social cost of carbon" and revert to the 2003 standard used under the George W. Bush administration.

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The order also is set to include a targeted assault on a handful of specific Obama-era regulations. The rollback of Obama's energy plan will allow plants to produce electricity more cheaply, hopefully passing on those savings to consumers.

Under Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to aggressively roll back Obama-era environmental regulations. According to a white house official, Trump plans to sign the executive order to reduce that "unnecessary regulatory obstacles that restrict the responsible use of domestic energy resources".

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