Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following comment today regarding the announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that the Administration will repeal President Obama’s anti-coal regulation:
“I was proud to join Administrator Scott Pruitt yesterday as he announced in Kentucky coal country that the EPA will begin the formal process to repeal former President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan. I applaud the Trump administration and Administrator Pruitt for supporting Kentucky miners and for taking steps to overturn one of the main pillars in the Obama War on Coal. Today’s announcement will help protect Kentucky’s reliable and dependable energy source from further regulatory assault.
“I have fought against this regulation since the Obama administration first proposed it, and I am proud to finally have friends of coal in the White House and leading the EPA. I would like to thank Administrator Pruitt for coming to Kentucky to speak directly with the people impacted by his agency’s actions, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to restore the EPA back to its original purpose. Moving forward, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the administration to support coal miners, their families, and their communities.”
BACKGROUND: Senator McConnell repeatedly tried to convince President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to visit Kentucky and speak directly with the families impacted by its costly regulations. On more than one occasion, he personally invited Obama’s EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, to visit Kentucky coal country and each time, his requests were ignored. President Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, accepted Senator McConnell’s invitation and attended events in Kentucky to hear from Kentuckians living in coal communities.
At the beginning of this year, the Senator sent a letter to then President-Elect Donald Trump urging him to adopt important coal related priorities for Kentucky, including overturning the Clean Power Plan Rule. Since 2015, Leader McConnell has led multiple efforts to oppose the Obama administration’s clean power rule. Specifically, he encouraged states to not immediately comply with the costly regulation and wait for additional legal and congressional action to take place. He also penned two letters here and here to all 50 governors and introduced a number of bills to overturn the rule.