Washington, D.C.— Heritage Foundation environmental policy expert Nick Loris released the following response to the EPA’s replacement of the Obama administration’s burdensome Clean Power Plan (CPP) with the Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE).
The Affordable Clean Energy rule is a sensible alternative to the Obama administration’s climate alarmist agenda, the Clean Power Plan. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed that the proposed Obama-era regulation unacceptably exceeded EPA’s statutory authority and disregarded states’ concerns that the rule abandoned federalism, so the CPP never went into effect. Its legal troubles aside, the CPP regulations would have imposed significant costs on American families and businesses all for negligible impact on global temperatures.
Rather than having a centralized agency like the EPA force states to re-engineer their energy landscape, ACE focuses on the regulation at the power plant level, rightsizing the EPA’s regulatory role. ACE offers a much needed course correction on an agency that went rogue in promulgating CPP.