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AFP Praises Clean Power Plan Repeal

Oct 9, 2017 by AFP

Grassroots organization has opposed CPP for years

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity commended EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today following his announcement that he will sign a proposed rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) Tuesday.  The group has long fought to protect Americans’ access to affordable, reliable energy, opposing harmful regulations like the CPP that force dramatically higher costs on American households. 

Under this job-killing Obama-era energy rule, states would be pushed into draconian emissions cuts, forced to switch to costlier forms of energy which could ultimately cost consumers as much as $33 billion. AFP has consistently opposed harmful regulations like the CPP which would drive up energy costs for hard-working families, crush small businesses and expand federal powers with virtually no environmental benefit.

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 Vice President of External Affairs Chrissy Harbin had the following to say:

“This is a welcome departure from the Washington-first, Americans-last approach that characterized energy and environmental policy under the previous administration. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) was an overreach of executive power; President Obama’s attempt to implement an agenda so radical that he could not get it passed through Congress when his party controlled both chambers. It’s great to see President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt rein in this sweeping mandate that forces states to slash their carbon emissions and switch to costlier forms of energy. 

We are encouraged to see such decisive action by the Trump administration to offer relief from this legally dubious, drastic rule that posed such a significant threat to electricity prices and economic growth. This is a major promise kept by the Trump administration. Repealing the Clean Power Plan will restore these energy decisions to duly elected state officials, and Americans who need reliable energy to run their households and businesses. We look forward to continuing to work with policymakers in seeking policies that promote economic growth and protect Americans’ access to affordable and reliable energy solutions.”

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 get Americans relief from overburdensome regulations in the energy sector and beyond, or for an interview, contact Chris Neefus at


AFP Has Led the Charge Against EPA Overreach For Years

2017: The Media are Missing Trump’s Much-Needed Regulatory Relief, by Christine Harbin (Washington Examiner) 

2017: AFP Executive Order on Energy Regulations is Right Direction (Release)

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

2016: 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.”

For further information or an interview, reach Chris Neefus at or (703) 517-4504. 

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