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Pruitt Begins Rollback of the Clean Power Plan

October 23, 2017

In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Sterling Burnett and Isaac Orr discuss the impact the Clean Power Plan would have had on the nation's economy, and discuss the importance of the Trump Administration's decision to formally repeal the rules.

The Trump administration has followed through on a major campaign promise to cut red tape and repeal onerous regulations on the economy by repealing the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan would have been enormously expensive and environmentally inconsequential. Estimates of the cost of compliance range from $8 billion to $39 billion per year. The regulations would have also increased electricity prices 11 to 14 percent every year. Despite the high cost, the climate models used by Obama's EPA found it would only avert .018 degrees C of potential future warming by 2100, an amount too small to be accurately measured.
Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at the Center of the American Experiment on mining and energy issues and a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute. @thefrackingguy
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.