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Rep. Ratcliffe praises Trump administration for shielding Americans from Obama’s harmful energy regulations

Washington, DC, March 31, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) praised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s clarification that states are not obligated to comply with the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was stayed by the Supreme Court last year.

“The Obama administration’s war on affordable energy is finally over – and it’s hard-working American families and businesses that will win. I applaud the Trump administration’s swift action to reverse the damage caused by eight long years of Obama’s radical agenda on climate change,” Ratcliffe said.

“I’m glad EPA Administrator Pruitt has lifted the unwarranted uncertainty caused by the so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ so folks won’t be forced to foot the bill for regulations that are not only intrusive, but also potentially unlawful. I look forward to working alongside the Trump administration to protect Americans from harmful energy regulations as further steps are taken to ensure that domestic energy production is embraced as a driver of economic growth and job creation.”

After the Supreme Court’s stay on the CPP was first issued, Ratcliffe led 111 House members in calling on the former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to provide clarification on CPP compliance dates. In response, the Obama administration refused to issue clarification, instead stating, “The EPA firmly believes the Clean Power Plan will be upheld when the courts address its merits because it rests on strong scientific and legal foundations.”

The Trump administration’s clarification about CPP compliance addresses the lawmakers’ previously expressed concern that stakeholders would be uncertain about whether to move forward with costly compliance measures despite their potentially permanent hold. Without confirmation from the administration, such parties would risk being penalized for not meeting deadlines if the CPP’s legality is ultimately upheld.  

Ratcliffe has been committed to combatting the EPA’s harmful CPP regulations since they were first announced by the Obama administration. In September 2016, he introduced disapproval measures (H.J. Res. 68 and H.J. Res. 67) in the House, which were aimed at preventing skyrocketing energy costs and the elimination of jobs across the country that were projected to result from the regulations. In December 2016, he voted for nearly identical measures (S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24), which passed in both the House and Senate.