How Trump could be wrong on climate change
Donald Trump is considering launching a legal challenge to the federal government’s carbon pollution rule, saying the administration’s rules are hurting business.
The move is one of several he is making as he seeks to win the support of Republican lawmakers for his controversial climate change policies.
In a new essay for the Wall Street Journal, Trump outlined his argument that the Clean Power Plan, enacted by the Obama administration in 2015, will hurt his business.
“My business model is built on the backs of the taxpayers and I can no longer afford to pay for regulations that hurt the American economy,” he wrote.
Trump, who has made climate change a centerpiece of his presidency, has said that if he wins the 2020 election, he will repeal the rule.
He has been joined by his Cabinet secretaries, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who have both backed the plan.
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Trump also said he will sign an executive order to review the rule and would consider whether it should be repealed.
“If we do not get rid of it, I would be willing to look at that,” Trump said.
Trump’s plan to repeal the Clean Air Act is expected to take effect in early 2021, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have completed their reviews.
The president has vowed to reverse the rule, which is designed to curb pollution from power plants, as he has said the rule is “unfair to our country” and will lead to higher electricity costs.