The Trump administration is considering rewriting federal regulations governing the electric sector, and one major proponent has already been put on the spot.
That would be the Clean Power Plan, the first major piece of legislation the Trump administration has passed.
The Clean Power Task Force is made up of nearly 20 companies, which together have more than 500,000 employees and $15.6 trillion in assets.
The proposal is expected to be voted on in the Senate later this month, but the final version is still expected to include a number of changes that would be seen as harmful to coal, oil, and gas companies and their employees.
The White House’s official position is that the proposed changes are necessary to protect the environment.
It’s not clear how the White House will go about changing the regulations, and many companies that signed onto the plan will likely oppose the changes.
For example, the American Petroleum Institute, which supports the proposal, has already filed a court challenge against the rules, arguing that they’re overly burdensome.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected, though, to be the biggest beneficiary of the changes in the draft rules.
The agency has been a target of Republican lawmakers who argue that the agency has no authority to regulate emissions from power plants.
The agency is expected under the Clean Energy and Security Act (CESA) to take a variety of actions, including imposing carbon pricing, reducing the use of coal, and reducing methane emissions.
However, if the draft regulations are adopted, those actions would be limited to the Clean Air Act.
The CESA would allow for broader regulatory authority than the Clean power Plan.
The new regulations would also require states to regulate carbon emissions from their power plants, but they would not require them to regulate methane emissions from those plants.
Critics of the draft proposals say the changes would lead to the end of an EPA-led coal industry, while the new regulations could potentially lead to a huge increase in emissions from new power plants that were built to burn coal.
In an interview with The Verge, Clean Power Commissioner Scott Pruitt, who is also on the board of the American Energy Alliance, said he’s confident the rules will be adopted.
“We’re confident that the draft regulation will be voted up and we’ll have final rules in place within the next few months,” he said.
“We think that’s important for the American people to have the protections that are required under CESA, which are in place for the coal industry.”
Pruitt said he expects to be able to provide “pretty robust” support for the draft rule in the coming months.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty around it,” he added.
“It’s going to be a very complex rule, and we’re confident it’ll be approved.”