The regulation aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
He said: "The war on coal is over".
Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, said that President Trump and Pruitt are launching "one of the most egregious attacks" on public health and climate safety. The goal of CPP wasn't clean air - it was dead coal companies. The EPA usually targets pollutants; carbon dioxide isn't one (although the Supreme Court erroneously said that it meets the definition in the case of MA vs. EPA).
Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator under Obama who released the Clean Power Plan, said in a statement that a proposal to repeal it "without any timeline or even a commitment to propose a rule to reduce carbon pollution, isn't a step forward". The state also contains the largest wind farm in the Southeastern U.S., and there are no major coal production plants in NC now. The company now relies on coal for 60 percent of its energy generation but will drop at least 12 percent by 2025.
For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma.
The Clean Power Plan simply makes sure that fossil fuel-fired power plants will operate more cleanly and efficiently while expanding the capacity for zero- and low-emitting power sources. NPR's energy and environment editor Jennifer Ludden joins us now to sort through what this repeal could mean. This was to be achieved by assuming utilities could improve the efficiency of their coal plants, shift from coal to cleaner natural gas and add more renewable energy to individual states grids. The combination of severe limitations on carbon dioxide emissions and incentives for adopting alternative-energy schemes was meant to achieve exactly what Barack Obama had previously promised to do: ruin the coal industry. This action would follow an executive order Trump signed on March 28, which was created to prevent the plan from taking effect.
Pruitt's hated Obama's rule since the beginning.
Peabody Energy, which operates El Segundo and Lee Ranch mines in New Mexico, laid off workers and filed for bankruptcy past year after failed attempts to sell off its in-state assets and other properties. A new analysis from the Rhodium Group consultancy bolsters those earlier conclusions and reports, "Our current projections put power sector Carbon dioxide emissions 27% to 35% below 2005 levels".
During his campaign he repeatedly blamed environmental rules for the US's declining coal industry.
Last week, Trump nominated coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as deputy administrator to the EPA.
"The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy", Pruitt said alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"The big job creater right now in the Missouri, as well as in the country, is clean energy technologies". Instead of pushing more fracked natural gas - and the climate busting methane emissions that come with it - we need a swift transition to truly clean energy.