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US President Donald Trump has repeatedly announced that he will withdraw the United States from the agreement, the National Radio recalls.

The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce carbon emissions by one-third by 2030.

To cheers from a crowd of coal miners in Kentucky, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Monday: "The war on coal is over".

Graham's rival Gillum also supports a plan to move Florida to clean energy as rapidly as possible. "Trump runs quickly in the direction of lining the pockets of fossil-fuel industry tycoons, and it's reckless". "The Clean Power Plan would have also encouraged the development of cleaner, safer energy, creating jobs and spurring economic growth".

Environmentalists laud the CPP as a step toward lessening the nation's carbon footprint and saving billions of dollars nationwide in climate and public health costs. "I'd let them stand on their own and compete against coal and natural gas and other sources, and let utilities make real-time market decisions on those types of things as opposed to being propped up by tax incentives and other types of credits that occur, both in the federal level and state level". These requirements, critics argued, would cripple fossil fuel economies, force plant shutdowns and put Americans out of work. "The CPP ignored states' concerns and eroded longstanding and important partnerships that are a necessary part of achieving positive environmental outcomes".

"The damage caused by Trump's willful ignorance will now have myriads of human faces because he's proposing to throw out a plan that would prevent thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of childhood asthma attacks every year", Brune said. "The EPA has not determined whether it will promulgate a rule under section 111 (d) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing electrical generating units", the document states, "and, if it will do so, when it will do so and what form that rule will take". The order rejected previous government analysis of the Clean Power Plan's benefits.

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In February the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the CPP until the lawsuit was addressed.

Pruitt's proposal said the plan went beyond the law by forcing power plants to take action to cut emissions not just at the plants but also "outside the fence line" - for instance, by investing in renewable energy.

Rolling back the rule was a major plank of President Trump's campaign a year ago. "In order to be sure we leave our kids a cleaner, healthier planet, we must protect the Clean Power Plan".

Recently, we've seen historic natural disasters, from hurricanes in the south to wildfires in the west, destroy homes and communities. The Trump EPA doesn't want to hear anything about that, either: "The substance of the 2009 Endangerment Finding is not at issue in this proposed rulemaking, and we are not soliciting comment on the EPA's assessment of the impacts of greenhouse gases with this proposal". Environmental groups are expected to mount legal challenges to the rollback, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has already vowed to sue the Trump administration in defense of the plan. Even so, the plan helped drive a wave of closures of coal-fired plants, which also are squeezed by low-priced natural gas and renewable power.

This story originally appeared in High Country News.

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