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Trump Rolls Back Another Obama Job Killer

Tuesday afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order rolling back Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” and other overreaching Obama-era environmental and energy-related policies. President Trump’s Executive Order rescinds seven Executive actions centered on the previous administration’s climate change agenda that have acted as a road block to energy independence.

The President’s new Executive Order was good news for coal country where Obama’s Clean Power Plan would Trump energy speechhave caused coal production to fall by 242 million tons, according to the National Mining Association.

It was also good news for consumers, especially in the Snow Belt and the Sun Belt. Obama’s Clean Power Plan would have cost up to $39 billion a year and increased electricity prices in 41 States by at least ten percent, according to NERA Economic Consulting.

Far from being the “extremist” order the environmental lobby and the vampires the green energy industry claim it to be, President Trump’ Executive Order directs agencies to use the best available science and economics in regulatory analysis.

It also disbands Obama’s Far-Left Interagency Working Group (IWG) on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases and it withdraws six technical documents produced by the IWG, the work of which will no longer represent Government policy, because it did not follow sound guidelines governing cost-benefit analysis.

President Trump’s Executive Order also directs all agencies to conduct a review of existing actions that harm domestic energy production and suspend, revise, or rescind actions that are not mandated by law, and it gives them just 180 days to finalize their plans.

But here’s the best news of all; 27 states, 24 trade associations, 37 rural electric co-ops, and 3 labor unions are challenging the Clean Power Plan in Federal court, and President Trump’s Executive Order directs the Attorney General to seek appropriate relief from the courts over pending litigation related to the Clean Power Plan.

This opens the possibility that the Attorney General could enter consent agreements with the states, trade associations, rural electric co-ops and labor unions that would put his pro-growth energy policies into a legal framework that would be difficult if not impossible for a future president or Congress to unwind.

For example, the Trump administration might enter into an agreement with the plaintiffs stipulating that various acts of the Obama administration were unconstitutional and that enforcement actions taken under them were null and void. It might also agree to expedite various permits or other actions which Obama arbitrarily and capriciously withheld or undertook to damage the plaintiffs.

Such an aggressive stance in court would be unusual – Republican administrations being preternaturally averse to using the courts as Democrats do to enforce their policy preferences – but President Trump is an unusual Republican president who has never been bashful about playing hardball with his opponents.

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