The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to applying a climate change replacement rule for power plants after repealing the Obama administration's regulation on the matter, chief of the agency Scott Pruitt ] Edward (Scott) Scott PruittNight regulation: Supporters of net neutrality predict a tough court battle | Watchdog will investigate EPA boss meeting with industry group | Former Volkswagen executive gets 7 years for fraudulent emissions Overnight Energy: Watchdog investigates Pruitt's speech before the mining group | EPA chief promises to allow climate scientists to present their work | Volkswagen manager gets 7 years for fraudulent emissions Scott Pruitt's environmental destruction year MORE told the House Energy and Commerce Committee panel on Thursday.
"We will introduce a replacement rule as well, instead of the Clean Power Plan," Pruitt told Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) Response to questioning about EPA's plans to repeal Obama's rule.
Pruitt had previously only agreed to consider such a replacement rule. When the EPA proposed the repeal in October, it said it would soon seek a formal comment on replacing the Clean Energy Plan.
Numerous business groups opposed to Obama's rule have been pressuring Pruitt to write a replacement. They have argued that a replacement would protect the companies and the federal government from future climate litigation and would meet EPA's obligation to regulate the carbon dioxide of power plants.
But the Trump administration's climate rule is likely to be much weaker than Obama's, which sought a 32 percent reduction in the sector's carbon emissions. Pruitt took the position that many of the provisions of the Obama administration were illegal under the Clean Air Act, in particular because it required emissions reductions based on the capacity of an electric utility. to change generationally from coal plants to lower emission sources.
The Trump administration rule also allows states to decide their emission reduction levels, without the EPA dictating levels.