If there’s one thing Trump has made clear since taking office, it’s that no Obama policy is safe. Despite very little cooperation from Congress on implementing his agenda, Trump has used executive authority to chip away at many cornerstones of the Obama legacy.
After eight years of failed policies, that kind of aggressive action is exactly what many voters were hoping for.
Less than a year into his first term, President Trump has accomplished more than some thought possible. On immigration, Trump ended DACA and made border enforcement a priority. When it comes to the economy, Trump started chipping away at Obama’s love of over-regulation. Overseas, ISIS is on the run and our disastrous deal with Iran is being shredded.
While Congress remains at a stand still, Trump is showing no signs of slowing down his pace. In fact, his latest move may be one of his biggest yet, and is sure to draw the ire of liberals across the country.
From the Daily Caller:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would sign a proposed rule to repeal the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming.
Pruitt announced his intention to withdraw the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to applause from a crowd gathered at a mining event on Monday. EPA has been working to repeal the CPP for months.
The Obama administration finalized the CPP in 2015, which aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Obama used the CPP as part of his plant to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord.
Even better, repealing the CPP could save Americans a ton of money:
Draft EPA plans to repeal and possibly replace the CPP have already leaked to the media. EPA says repealing the rule will save Americans $33 billion in compliance costs.
Like most of Obama’s policies, the CPP was an example of major executive overreach. Despite typically not getting in the way of federal regulators, the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the initiative’s implementation last year. Now, the Trump administration appears ready to kill it for good.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]