AFP: Executive Order on Energy Regulations is Right Direction

Mar 28, 2017 by AFP

Grassroots organization has opposed Clean Power Plan for years

Arlington, Va. — Americans for Prosperity is commending President Trump for signing a new executive order that will provide Americans relief from expensive, dramatic energy-sector regulations planned under the previous administration. The president’s signature will halt and direct a rewrite of the so-called “Clean Power Plan,” which AFP has consistently opposed for years. The order also suggests agencies reconsider the use of the dubious “social cost of carbon” in their analysis and processes, and directs the Bureau of Land Management to lift the Obama-era moratorium on new federal coal leases.

Americans for Prosperity had previously invested in grassroots efforts to oppose the Clean Power Plan, and supported legal efforts from state attorneys general to halt its implementation. The group also recently issued a statement of support for Scott Pruitt’s nomination to the EPA after he had been a leader in opposing the policy.

AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner had the following to say:

“This EPA energy rule was a legally dubious, drastic action that would have caused the cost of energy to skyrocket for Americans with virtually no impact on global temperatures. We’re pleased that by rethinking this policy, the Trump administration is demonstrating a commitment to sensible regulations that allow Americans access to affordable, reliable energy from a variety of sources.

“Lifting the moratorium on coal leases on federal land is an additional positive step to toward protecting American’s access to affordable and reliable energy. There’s plenty more work to do in unwinding the Obama administration’s regulatory behemoth, but today’s action is a strong step toward more reasonable energy policies, and an important correction of the out-of-control rule making that was happening under the previous administration.”

The grassroots group has made unwinding overregulation a centerpiece of their Reform America 2017 agenda, a set of legislative priorities that the group will advocate for this year.

For comprehensive information about AFP’s steps to roll back overburdensome regulations in the energy section and beyond, contact Levi Russell at


AFP Has Led The Charge Against EPA Overreach For Years

2017: Regulatory Reform Gets Spotlight in Washington, by Christine Harbin (Morning Consult)

2017: LETTER: AFP Supports Full, Fair Consideration of Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator

2017: Trump Administration Will Bring Huge Reform to Energy and Environment, by Christine Harbin (Morning Consult)

2016: AFP Joins Coalition Asking Lawmakers To Overturn Ozone Regulations That Would Place “A Tremendous Burden On Communities Across America.” “A coalition of 60 conservative groups is asking lawmakers to overturn the Obama administration’s new ozone pollution rule and change the law under which it was written. ‘The ozone regulation places a tremendous burden on communities across America,’ the groups wrote to the heads of the House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over the EPA. … The coalition includes some big names such as Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, along with state and local groups and others with smaller footprints.” (Timothy Cama, “Conservative Groups Target Ozone Law In Push For Rule’s Rollback,” The Hill, 5/9/16)

2016: AFP Praises SCOTUS Decision to Halt President’s Clean Power Plan

2015: AFP Sends Press Release In Support Of The EPA Overregulation Of Rural Americans Act.

2015: AFP Sends Press Release Urging States To Push Back against EPA’s “Clean Power” Overreach.

2014: AFP Sends Letter To State Legislatures Urging Them To Resist EPA’s Clean Power Plan. “A coalition of conservative groups is pressing states to “fiercely resist” the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution rule for existing power plants. The broad array of organizations sent a letter to state legislators, attorneys general and governors, calling on them to resist the administration’s proposal at every turn and to refuse to help the EPA along its process. … ‘We urge you to fiercely resist any attempt to appease the EPA’s demands. EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) is illegitimate, an affront to both federalism and the separation of powers,’ the letter states. The letter — signed by Heritage Action, and the -backed Americans for Prosperity and American Commitment — doesn’t mince words, arguing the EPA can’t control ‘its appetite for power’ and that the proposal can’t be implemented in any ‘feasible or responsible’ way.” (Laura Barron-Lopez, “Conservatives Urge States To ‘Fiercely Resist’ EPA’s Climate Rule,” The Hill, 12/5/14)

2014: New Obama EPA Water Rules Set to Drown Property Rights, Economic Growth

2014: Grassroots to Congress: Stop the EPA Power Grab!

2014: AFP Sends Press Release Denouncing EPA’s Carbon Regulation Rules That Would “Cost Billions Of Dollars And Hundreds Of Thousands of Jobs.”

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