TRUMP PLANS REVOCATION OF CLEAN POWER PLAN - NO REPLACEMENT

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9 march 2017

WHITE HOUSE
The Clean Power Plan is gone — and there's no 'replace
'

Evan Lehmann, E&E News reporter, Climatewire: Thursday, March 9, 2017

The White House intends to unravel the Clean Power Plan without providing a replacement, according to a source briefed on the issue.

An executive order expected to be released next week also instructs the Justice Department to effectively withdraw its legal defense of the climate rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The move aligns the White House with about two dozen Republican state attorneys general who are challenging the way the rule restricts greenhouse gas emissions at power plants.

The result, if successful, would mean the case is "frozen in place," the source said, preventing the D.C. Circuit, which has six judges appointed by Democrats and four by Republicans, from issuing an opinion this spring. Other legal experts say the case could continue if states or other groups go on defending the rule.

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