Court Vacates Dirty Power Plan, Bookending the Trump Administration’s Wide Ranging Legal Failures


Brian Willis:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the ‘Affordable Clean Energy’ rule and remanded it to the EPA. 

In response, Joanne Spalding, Chief Climate Counsel at the Sierra Club, released the following statement: 

“The Court’s decision to vacate former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler’s Dirty Power Plan is the apt bookend to the Trump Administration’s EPA, which was defined by a general subservience to the fossil fuel industry and dozens of legal defeats brought by public health and environmental organizations. 

“Despite Andrew Wheeler’s frequent protests, the EPA’s role is to protect the American people from dangerous pollution and act on the greatest threat to our country: the climate crisis. The Dirty Power Plan didn’t do either of these things and the court rightly vacated it. We now look forward to the Biden Administration keeping its promise and acting aggressively to restore the EPA to its institutional mandate and put its resources and expertise toward solving problems, not creating more of them.”

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