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1941, 10 Oct 17

Trump Administration Rolls Back Oppressive Environmental Regulations


The Trump administration on Tuesday will begin the process of dismantling President Barack Obama‘s signature policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“Tomorrow in Washington D.C., I’ll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” Pruitt said in a speech Monday in Hazard, Kentucky.

Several news agencies reported last week that the EPA would soon propose repealing the rule and seek comments from stakeholders about a replacement regulation. The plan signals that the EPA has opted against tinkering with the existing rule — which was never seen as a likely course of action — or scrapping it altogether, a decision that would have almost certainly drawn lawsuits.

It also marks the next chapter for a policy that has become a lightning rod in the debate over the government’s role in slowing climate change. The rule has been in limbo since the Supreme Court put it on hold in February 2016, after 27 states and other opponents filed suit.
I suspect that these regulations were never going to survive the Supreme Court anyway, but at least we won’t have to risk it.

1941, 10 October 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Trump continues to impress!!!

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Extremely short-sighted.

  3. billphoto

    Sounds a lot like another bureaucrat that decided the occasional puddle in my yard was a navigable waterway.

    Please correct me if I am wrong but I think the Clean Power Plan was an EPA policy not law.  Legal challenges I have read object to over reach by the EPA bureaucrats.  I understand EPA head Pruitt is asking for input from the players before acting.  Appears to me to be a perfect example of the progressive big government policies of Obama versus the ‘Drain the Swamp’ objectives of President Trump.

  4. Le Roi du Nord


    First, you are off topic.  This is about clean air, not navigable waterways.

    Second, emissions from coal plants with less than stellar control practices affect all of us, and not just now but into the future.  If you are willing to place your health and that of your kids, grand kids and beyond then that is an extremely short-sighted and selfish decision.

    While you are doing some thinking, perhaps you can explain why the big utilities in WI are leaning away from coal plants and toward NG and renewables?  There are big gas CTs and CC-CTs all around the state: south of DePere, Marinette, Fond du lac, Green Bay, etc.  Rural electric co-operatives in WI are installing solar farms.  Wind was a big growth sector until walker put a stop to them.

  5. billphoto

    Certainly comparing overreach by one group of bureaucrats in Washington to overreach by another group of bureaucrats in Wisconsin is off topic.

    The topic here is not about utilities in wisconsin but about actions by unelected bureaucrats that most likely would not withstand legal challenges and Pruitt following the directions of our President in finding a common sense, legal alternative to Obama-era onerous regulations.  EPA “seek comments from [ALL] stakeholders about a replacement regulation.”  This sounds like the correct way the process should work.  Until that process is complete and new rules are proposed, I can only comment that this “Appears to me to be a perfect example of the progressive big government policies of Obama versus the ‘Drain the Swamp’ objectives of President Trump.”  I fail to see how a review of the CCP is “extremely short-sighted and selfish decision” unless one already knows the future.

  6. Le Roi du Nord

    Odd you would rationalize off-topic comments when you criticize others for that .

    “most likely” doesn’t mean anything until tested.  And your “common sense” doesn’t wash on the world stage.  And folks (at least ones that follow the science) know what the future of operating coal plants as is currently done will do to generations to come.  Sticking your head in the “drain the swamp” sand doesn’t make the future any brighter.    This is all about political payback to the slowly dying coal industry, and trump’s policy of undoing any and all Obama era regulations.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann

    There Nord is: wanting costly, no benefit, environmental regs.

    Not surprised at all.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    “The shift from coal to natural gas alone cut CO2 emissions more than 2 billion metric tons in the last decade, which is about 72 percent more than emissions reduced through increased “non-fossil generation.”

    Thanks for making my case for me. Moving away from coal and into less polluting fuels is the way to go.   Maybe you should read an article before making claims as it what is says……

  9. billphoto

    Nice to know at least one person has already decided for the rest of us.  Personally, I will wait until that process is complete and new rules are proposed.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    Get over yourself. You libs have opposed clean energy fracking all the way.

  11. Le Roi du Nord

    Nope, you are making stuff up again, at least as far as my position on fracking and energy goes.

  12. Paul

    Nobody cares, WNT.

  13. Le Roi du Nord

    Hey, Lying paullette, what’s up??

  14. Paul

    The only one caught lying was you, bitch.

    Never forget.

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