The Clean Power Plan

Our experts and analysts weigh in on the Clean Power Plan, with a particular focus on the strong role that renewable energy and energy efficiency can play in reducing carbon emissions.


Scott Pruitt’s Cynical Move to Rescind the Clean Power Plan

, president

Tomorrow, the EPA is expected to take a first formal step in repealing the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulation designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by approximately 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is a terribly irresponsible decision. Recent ferocious storms, intensified by warming oceans and air, remind us of the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, flexible, cost-effective rule addressing one of one of the biggest sources of US carbon emissions, and one of the least expensive sources to control. Read more >

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Pruitt Plans to Gut The Clean Power Plan: How Weak Will The New EPA Proposal Be?

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

News articles indicate that the EPA is soon going to release a “revised” Clean Power Plan. It is very likely to be significantly weaker than the original CPP, which offered one of the country’s best hopes for reducing carbon emissions that cause global warming.

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Momentum on the path to our clean energy future. Credit: Dennis Schroeder, DOE/NREL

The Clean Power Plan Has Already Accomplished One of Its Most Important Tasks

, Senior Energy analyst

Tuesday’s attack on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) did not exactly come as a surprise. Since the day President Trump was elected, the rule’s fate has seemed near-well sealed—when CPP lawsuit ringleader Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA administrator, all lingering doubts were reduced to specifics about how and when. Well here we are, and now we know.

But here’s the thing. Though the administration spoke of “relieving the burden” of the rule, and though there had been much braying when the CPP was first announced, there has been a conspicuous absence of utilities leaping to change course after the lifting of the (supposed) crushing yoke of the CPP. Today, in fact, most utilities seem much as they did yesterday: increasingly comfortable with, and confident in, the idea of serving electricity in a carbon-constrained world. Read more >

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President Trump’s All-Out Attack on Climate Policy

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

We’ve known for some time that something like this was in the works. Yet that doesn’t take away from the shock of the destructive details. Read more >

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The Fate of the Clean Power Plan under President Trump

, Director, Climate & Energy

Shortly, we are likely to see and hear much more about what jurists, Congress, and the new Administration think about the Clean Power Plan, the cornerstone of our nation’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Regardless of how the court rules—and how Congress and President Trump respond—there’s no denying the reality of climate change or the many compelling reasons to double down on the clean energy transition already underway.

Imposing limits on carbon pollution would help the President deliver on two campaign promises—to create jobs and protect clean air. Read more >

Erika Bolstad
Ecowatch
Union of Concerned Scientists
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