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Cornwall Alliance Celebrates Rollback of Clean Power Plan

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The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is celebrating the success of its petition “Forget ‘Climate Change,’ Energy Empowers the Poor,” signed by thousands of Americans, asking government officials to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump Administration will withdraw the CPP.

“The regulation was ill advised from the start,” said Cornwall Alliance National Spokesman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. “It was based on belief that carbon dioxide emissions cause dangerously rapid global warming. That was doubtful in 2009, when EPA issued its ‘finding’ that CO2 emissions endanger public health—which is the legal basis for the CPP. Since then, global temperature data have falsified that belief, so EPA has no basis for the endangerment finding and no reason for the CO2 regulation.”

“This is welcome,” said Dr. Anthony Lupo, University of Missouri Professor of Atmospheric Science. “Based on the report that questioned the endangerment finding, the regulations were ill advised.”

Cornwall Alliance Senior Fellow Dr. Craig Mitchell, an economist, engineer, and Southern Baptist theologian, said Pruitt’s decision “represents a movement in the right direction. However well intentioned it may have been, the CPP was too costly in terms of both energy production and jobs. The American people will be well served by this decision.”

“Despite claims from environmental groups that ending the CPP is going to have catastrophic effects on climate and air quality, this simply is not true,” said Dr. William Anderson, Professor of Economics at Frostburg State University. “The best path to a clean environment is through increased productivity and an economically better-off society. Mr. Pruitt is overturning regulatory policies that would have made Americans poorer, but with no discernible improvements in public health. It was the right thing to do.”

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