In a sign of how concerned they are about a Republican effort to dismantle the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency, Republican lawmakers have announced they will vote Wednesday on a proposal to repeal the Obama administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly in June to repeal Obama’s climate rule, and Republicans have tried to use the opportunity to repeal other rules.
But with the Republican-controlled House not expected to vote until after the July 4 recess, it remains unclear if a vote will be taken at all.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., is aimed at ending Obama’s Clean Power Program.
The plan, which was created in 2015 as part of the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions from power plants, required utilities to increase their use of renewables, such as wind, solar and hydropower, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
However, the Obama EPA has argued the rules have allowed power plants to become energy consumers, which has made them more vulnerable to climate change and air pollution.
In recent months, the Trump administration has signaled it may try to rescind the Clean Power Rule, which would have set stricter standards on coal plants and require them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump has threatened to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and vowed to “let China rip” America’s way out of the Paris Agreement.
“It’s a disgrace that the Trump Administration has failed to protect our communities from climate change, and instead has put its own profit over the health of our children and families,” Lankford said in a statement.
“This proposal would do exactly the opposite: to help American coal companies grow, create jobs, and expand their operations while leaving millions of American families behind.”
The move to repeal EPA rules comes amid a broader push to roll back other Obama-administration efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
It follows a proposal by President Donald Trump to withdraw the U.S. from the U to the Paris climate agreement.
The move comes just days after the White House announced the withdrawal of more than half of its climate action plans from the Environmental Protection Administration.
Earlier this month, Trump announced he would withdraw from international climate agreements.