South Carolina’s attorney general is hoping the election of Donald Trump as president could reverse tougher Obama Administration restrictions on carbon emissions.
Attorney General Alan Wilson joined his counterparts in 23 other states who have urged the incoming Republican administration and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to rescind the Clean Power Plan launched by the Environmental Protection Agency. The CPP requires each state to lower its overall emissions by power plants in an effort to cut down on manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Most of those attorneys general signing a letter to Trump last week are involved in a lawsuit that seeks to halt the plan.
““This flawed plan was brought about in an unconstitutional manner, circumventing congress and excluding the vote of the people’s representatives,” Wilson said in a statement. “We strongly encourage President-elect Trump to shelve this plan… Its effects would be harmful to South Carolinians and this plan should be withdrawn immediately. I am hopeful that the Trump administration will put this at the top of the priority list.”
The letter seeks to have the incoming Trump Administration withdraw the plan, while Congress works to pass legislation that would prevent the EPA from filing similar regulations in the future.
The proposed plan would require South Carolina power plants to slash their overall carbon dioxide emission rate by slightly more than a third from 2012 to 2030. The plan tries to get a 30 percent nationwide decrease in carbon emissions compared to 2005, but gives each state different targets based on the existing energy sources that utilities use in that state.
EPA officials introduced the plan in August 2016. Following the announcement, 27 Republican-led states challenged it in court. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay in February so it could consider the plan’s constitutionality.
Besides South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming are involved in the lawsuit.