“The war against coal is over.”
– EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, quoted in Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, “EPA Chief Tells Coal Miners He Will Repeal Power Plant Rule Tuesday, Washington Post, October 9, 2017.
“We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate. Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”
– EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, quoted in EPA, “”EPA Takes Another Step To Advance President Trump’s America First Strategy, Proposes Repeal Of “Clean Power Plan” News Release, October 10, 2017.
On Tuesday, EPA Scott Pruitt issued notice of a forthcoming Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) to repeal the (misnamed) Clean Power Plan (CPP). This action is the latest step away from the climate road to serfdom–and a signal to the world, not only the US, to focus on real here-and-now problems, not hypothetical futures ones with no clear solution.
The anti-fossil-fuel ‘environmentalists’ (they support wind power and solar farms, hardly environmental) are worried. Natasha Geiling at ThinkProgress (Center for American Prosperity) stated:
[R]epealing the regulation will mean that states that have not begun transitioning to a low-carbon energy mix — places like Kentucky, or West Virginia — will no longer have any incentive to change their policies. Without a nationwide framework to drag laggard states into a clean energy mix, it will be difficult for the United States to achieve the kinds of deep, economy-wide reductions necessary to make progress on slowing climate change.
And, repealing the regulation will mean years of regulatory uncertainty, as the administration’s repeal and potential replacement plans are challenged in courts. Already, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) have pledged to fight the administration’s efforts to repeal the plan in court.
Yes, and with each day of increasing carbon dioxide emissions, the alarmists’ climate math gets worse and worse because of the long-lived existence of CO2 in the atmosphere and the logarithmic (not linear) effect of CO2 forcing. And expect some if not many states to chose to be energy strong, not energy weak given their freedom to choose.
In tandem with the Paris withdrawal, CPP repeal makes good on the president’s America First strategy. Importantly, the CPP is all pain, no gain. Its negative effects on electricity prices and free-market-driven jobs would not have any appreciable effect on climate change. In fact, the very failure of the law to impact climate would be the excuse to ratchet up regulation further.
The EPA’s reversal of climate policy cannot stop here. Next in line is a rethink of the so-called social cost of carbon to redo the flawed, pro-intervention calculus of the Obama Administration. Then comes the real challenge: reversing the endangerment finding to get the albatross of climate regulation off the necks of business.
CO2 is not a pollutant. There are significant benefits in a CO2 enriched world.
I’m CO2 positive, and so are you. Those few who are not CO2-positive are living in energy poverty–and have a way out with economic freedom.
I’m proud to be CO2 positive, and you should be too.