Lawmakers Respond to Clean Power Plan Rollback

Lawmakers are responding to the executive order rolling back regulations.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Tuesday's executive order from the White House takes the first step toward rolling back the Clean Power Plan, put in place by the Obama Administration and designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

President Trump says, by reviewing the regulations, his administration is "ending the war on coal."

Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th District) says the move was long over due.

"The 14 counties I have, have a nuclear power plant in DeWitt County, I have four coal powered power plants, many of them with state of the arts admissions controls. What the Clean Power Plan put in place by President Obama and his administration would do, is essentially put them out of business. That's unacceptable to me. They're some of the best paying jobs in our region," he told us.


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in a statement:

"Just about everyone agrees that we should try to pollute less, but not Donald Trump-he just surrendered in the fight against climate change. He’s put the future health and safety of America’s children back into the hands of big oil companies, and turned us back toward a dangerous future with more floods, droughts, wildfires, and national security threats. For anyone who enjoys breathing clean air and counts on clean drinking water, this is unacceptable."



An ISU Associate Professor of Geology tells wmbd the move is discouraging,  as experts say the declining employment in coal has had more to do with automation and the expansion of natural gas production, than with president obama's climate policies.

Congressman Davis says it's time to focus on the positives that America has achieved in emissions reduction.

But local experts say the move could send a message the U.S. is uninterested in meeting its emissions targets under the Paris Agreement, a United Nations deal on climate change, negotiated by 195 countries.


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