Inhofe Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Obama Climate Rule

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) welcomed the news that President Trump and Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler are repealing Obama’s onerous and illegal Clean Power Plan.

“I applaud President Trump and Acting Administrator Wheeler for delivering on their promise to repeal President Obama’s illegal clean power plan. Their replacement rule respects the Clean Air Act’s spirit of cooperative federalism, giving state governments flexibility to develop their own plans without dictating energy policy, imposing costs on consumers or increasing energy prices. History has shown that light touch regulation combined with technological and economic advancement produce better results for innovation and growth.

“I maintain that the best course of action remains to completely overturn the endangerment finding so that there is neither statutory nor legal need for any greenhouse gas regulations. I will continue to work with President Trump and Acting Administrator Wheeler toward this goal.”

Background:

In 2015, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a one-size-fits-all energy policy, that would have cost at least $300 billion and caused many coal plants to close. The Supreme Court recognized the CPP exceeded the authority of the EPA by inserting the agency into federal energy policy, rather than keeping it focused on the environment. Obama’s CPP was challenged by 27 states and an analysis by the National Economic Research Associates found the CPP would have caused double-digit electricity prices in 40 states. The costs of the Obama rule would have been disproportionally felt by low and middle income Americans.

Sen. Inhofe led efforts in the Senate to express Congressional disapproval of the rule under President Obama, has been working with President Trump and EPA leadership to ensure the Obama-era regulations are repealed and sent a letter in January advocating for a repeal of the Obama-era plan.