Ken Paxton

AG Paxton Issues Statement on Executive Order for EPA to Review Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – Austin

Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review its so-called Clean Power Plan:

“President Trump’s executive order is a significant step toward sparing all of us from a potentially disastrous change to the nation’s energy policy that was orchestrated during the Obama era in violation of federal law. The so-called Clean Power Plan would have subjected Americans to higher electricity costs and could have weakened the nation’s power grid. Texas and West Virginia led 22 states in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to block the plan. We’re heartened by the president’s latest action, which shows he’s serious about returning common sense and the rule of law to the EPA.  And we look forward to the EPA returning to the cooperative approach with the states that the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act expressly require as it reconsiders the unlawful Clean Power Plan.”

Earlier this month, Attorney General Paxton led a coalition of 19 states that called on the EPA to adhere to the cooperative approach to regulating the environment that the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act require.

To view the 19-state letter to the EPA, click here.