(National Sentinel)Â Global Warming Hoax: As promised, President Donald J. Trump is moving to dismantle his predecessor’s so-called “global warming” policies because they are grotesquely expensive and harmful to U.S. industry. Oh, and they’re based on a bogus premise.
As reported byÂ The New York Times, the White House will repeal the Clean Power Plan and then ask the American public for suggestions and recommendations on how it could be replaced, according to an internal Environmental Protection Agency proposal:
The draft proposal represents the administrationâ€™s first substantive step toward rolling back the plan, which was designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, after months of presidential tweets and condemnations of Mr. Obamaâ€™s efforts to reduce climate-warming pollution.
But it also lays the groundwork for new, presumably weaker, regulations by asking for the public and industry to offer ideas for a replacement.
The EPA document is calledÂ â€œOctober 2017 Tiering List” and it spells out which policies are high priorities for the agency and the Trump administration within theÂ office of air and radiation, which oversees pollution regulations.
â€œThe agency is issuing a proposal to repeal the rule,â€ the document states, the Times reported. It adds that the agency will issue a formal notice of its intention to develop a new rule â€œsimilarly intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fueled electric utility generating units and to solicit information for the agency to consider in developing such a rule.â€
The Times said that the document does not explain how the agency plans to justify its decision to courts — an aspect of the story that appears to suggest there will be legal challenges to Trump’s decision. That said, a number of industryÂ lawyers said they believe EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will argue that the Obama regime relied on overly broad readings of existing regulations to implement the plan.
Both Trump and Pruitt have been vocal opponents of the plan, but in recent weeks industry groups have pushed the White House to adopt a far narrower version of the plan rather than scrape it altogether, in order to avoid lawsuits.
The plan is already tied up in litigation, having been challenged by states and other aggrieved parties who are claiming it is cost-prohibitive and will lead to a reduction on U.S. power plants, which would cause electric rates to dramatically spike.
On that note, Obama admitted during his first campaign for president in 2008 that under his “cap-and-trade” climate change plan, electric rates would “necessarily skyrocket,” and that he was okay with that:
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