State officials are taking aim at regulations with new administration in office.
In December 2016, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange joined with 23 other state AGs to call on leaders in Washington to remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule once President Trump takes office.
The CPP requires that states take action to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, including shutting down coal-power electricity generators and submitting plans for costlier alternative energy sources. NFIB, along with other business and industry groups, has been fighting this mandate since 2015, arguing that it drives up energy costs, disproportionately impacting small business owners.
The AG coalition’s letter calls the CPP unlawful under the Clean Air Act, unconstitutional, and intrusive into states’ authority. It also outlines a four-point plan for withdrawing the rule and preventing similar regulatory action in the future, beginning with an executive order rescinding former President Obama’s presidential memorandum that directed the EPA to issue the rule and instructing the EPA to not take further action enforcing or implementing the CPP. Additionally, Attorney General Strange is part of two more coalitions calling for the removal of federal regulations that affect private property and economic development: two rules expanding the definition of critical habitat for endangered species and regulations aiming to limit coal mining near waterways.