President Trump Moves to Protect Pennsylvania Jobs and Industry

Oct 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) applauded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Scott Pruitt’s decision to begin the process of formally rolling back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, arguing that the job-killing regulation exceeds the agency’s statutory authority.

“The Obama Administration illegally went around Congress and passed a policy that would cripple Pennsylvania industry,” said Barletta.  “Instead of working with businesses and workers to revitalize America’s industrial base, they declared a war on American energy producers.  These policies were a flagrantly unconstitutional abuse of executive power and would have eliminated the jobs of millions of hard-working Americans.  By rolling back this regulatory overreach, President Trump again shows he has the backs of hard-working Pennsylvanians.”

On August 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled the Clean Power Plan, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions from industry and utilities through a wide array of burdensome rules and regulations.  The proposal would have touched every aspect of power production and usage across the United States.

According to the Department of Energy, 320 coal-fired power plants have shut down since 2012.  Between 2012 and 2020, the Energy Information Administration anticipates approximately 60 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity is expected to retire.  This means fewer jobs and higher energy prices for Pennsylvanians.

Following the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the EPA released the following statement:

“The Clean Power Plan, issued by the Obama administration, was premised on a novel and expansive view of Agency authority that the Trump administration now proposes to determine is inconsistent with the Clean Air Act.  In fact, the Clean Power Plan was put on hold in February 2016, when the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unprecedented, historic stay of the rule.”

“My constituents would have been devastated by the Clean Power Plan,” Barletta said.  “They are tired of paying more for their electricity and constantly fighting the job-killing regulations of nameless, faceless Washington bureaucrats.  As a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus, I want to protect Pennsylvania jobs and ensure that the electrical grid remains reliable for industry and residents.”

To view the full text of the EPA’s rule, click here.