Repeal of Clean Power Plan proposed

Move pleases American Farm Bureau Federation president, who says the plan 'was an attempt to regulate away choice that would unnecessarily increase energy and input costs for America's farmers and ranchers.'

By Deana Stroisch

American Farm Bureau Federation’s president applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to withdraw from the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

“The proposal was yet another example of regulatory overreach that would have harmed the economy, rural communities, and America’s farm and ranch families,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “Farm Bureau supports all energy choices that lead to energy security and a healthier environment, but the Clean Power Plan was an attempt to regulate away choice that would unnecessarily increase energy and input costs for America’s farmers and ranchers. Our farmers and ranchers need a climate that fosters innovation, not unilateral regulations that cap our future.”

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing to repeal the Clean Power plan, which was put in place under President Barack Obama.

“The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to be imposed on the American people while the rule is being challenged in court,” Pruitt said. “We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate. Any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule.”

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