The half degree difference between a 1.5- and a 2-degree temperature increase is when most scientists agree we would start to see serious consequences, like rising sea levels that threaten coastal cities, longer heat waves and the death of tropical coral reefs, according to research from the European Geosciences Union.
Pruitt, a 49-year-old Republican, is a known fossil-fuel ally, and repeatedly sued the EPA when he was Oklahoma's state attorney general.
Pruitt announced the plan during a visit to Kentucky on Monday. But the agency said it would soon solicit information on a potential replacement. His administration has promised to reduce regulations on coal and drilling, which tend to be in states that form part of Trump's voter base.
The agency is not committing to writing a new regulation governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Republicans praised Pruitt's move to repeal Obama's signature climate policy.
Some states and environmental groups are already gearing up to fight the repeal.
While speaking in Kentucky at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pruitt said he will sign the proposed rule repealing Obama's plan Tuesday. The store's owners have had to lay off about 60 percent of its workers in recent years. The order rejected previous government analysis of the Clean Power Plan's benefits. "This doesn't immediately bring everything back, but we think it stops further decline of coal-fired plants in the United States, and that means there will still be some market here".
Bloomberg reported that the EPA will soon ask the public for suggestions on how to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal and natural gas power plants.
For the timeline, states had until 2016 to submit initial plans with the possibility of an extension until 2018.
"The Clean Power plan is not only based on a strong legal foundation, but is in line with the fact that Coloradans want their elected officials to take action to address climate change". "They're also doing the smart thing to protecting their consumers because right now solar and wind energy is becoming more and more efficient; it's becoming more and more affordable for folks. Mayors will continue to lead the way and we will work with the private sector to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in order to remain economically competitive and energy independent".
Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator under Obama who released the Clean Power Plan, said in a statement that a proposal to repeal it "without any timeline or even a commitment to propose a rule to reduce carbon pollution, isn't a step forward". "We will continue to work with the President Trump's administration to preserve low-priced, reliable electricity in America, and to protect the thousands of jobs and family livelihoods that rely on the USA coal industry", Broadbent added.
This week's expected announcement is just the latest in a long list of actions the Trump administration has taken to undercut US efforts to reduce carbon emissions and help stem global warming, including announcing it would formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Almost 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
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