The Trump administration is never afraid to blatantly serve their oil and gas masters. Today is no exception.
As hurricanes leave large swaths of destruction and wildfires consume California real estate, EPA Director Scott Pruitt announced in Kentucky that he would begin rolling back President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which was intended to slow global warming and boost the economy through development of alternative power sources.
While speaking in Kentucky at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pruitt said he will sign the proposed rule repealing Obama's plan Tuesday.
"When you think about what that rule meant, it was about picking winners and losers. Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers," he said at the event. "The past administration was using every bit of power and authority to use the EPA to pick winners and losers and how we generate electricity in this country. That's wrong."
In an Orwellian twist, Pruitt intends to make this all Obama's fault by claiming executive overreach while using executive action to repeal the regulation.
CNN obtained a copy of the leaked proposal to repeal the milestone Clean Power Plan, the outcome of President Donald Trump's executive orders calling for the review of the plan and questions the legality of the original rule.
"Under the interpretation proposed in this notice, the CPP exceeds the EPA's statutory authority and would be repealed," the proposal reads. "The EPA welcomes comment on the legal interpretation addressed in this proposed rulemaking."
Coal is a dying industry regardless of whether they roll back this rule. It is on its last breath, but that isn't stopping this craven, self-serving, selfish, misanthropic administration from bowing before King Coal in Kentucky and entering into an unholy partnership of death and destruction.