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To cheers from a crowd of coal miners in Kentucky, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Monday: "The war on coal is over".

"We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate", EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a news release.

Republicans praised Pruitt's move to repeal Obama's signature climate policy.

The Obama EPA and supporters of the rule said this so-called "generation shifting" merely underscores how utilities would have sought to comply with the CPP.

A draft of the repeal proposal argued the Obama administration's rule was illegal because it directed utilities to reduce emissions only achievable "outside the fenceline" of individual power plants, such as purchasing renewable energy or closing coal plants in favor of natural gas investment. Here, from the EPA fact sheet, is a look at the plan.

Hal Quinn, Director of the National Mining Association lobby group welcomed the news, by saying that "the Clean Power Plan represented an unlawful attempt to transform the nation's power grid".

The Trump administration's move to start dismantling the Clean Power Plan rule meant to curb carbon emissions that contribute to global warming will not be a quick process.

When asked earlier this year on Fox News about the health consequences of doing away with the Clean Power Plan, Pruitt ducked the question and focused on how the plan would cost jobs.

"Scrapping the Clean Power Plan ignores sound science and the extreme cost of climate change". Yet the plan has always been under fire by fossil fuel interests. It also aims to transition from coal-based energy to wind, solar and natural gas power.

The EPA's proposed rule to withdraw from the CPP will undergo a public comment period. "Replacing the Clean Power Plan with a polluter-approved alternative is not making America, or Colorado, great". In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.

The final Clean Power Plan follows that approach. Critics of electric cars have pointed out that EVs get much of their energy from polluting coal-fired power plants, so greenhouse-gas production is simply happening elsewhere. West Coast states have vowed to continue pushing for emission reductions, despite the Trump administration's actions.

States must develop and implement plans that ensure the power plants in their state - either individually, together, or in combination with other measures - achieve the equivalent, in terms of either or rate or mass, of the interim Carbon dioxide performance rates between 2022 and 2029, and the final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates for their state by 2030.

The rule required states to reduce emissions with standards based on their energy consumption and provided incentives for beating deadlines to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, which Colorado has taken advantage of. Last year, the Supreme Court put the brakes on it after energy-producing states complained that the agency had exceeded its legal reach.

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