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ATR President Grover Norquist issued the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s release of his executive order on energy independence that will halt a number of costly Obama-era regulations such as the former President’s signature Clean Power Plan:

“President Trump’s release this week of his executive order on energy independence is a positive step towards rolling back a number of Obama-era regulations which would have had drastic economic impacts on the U.S. with little to no environmental benefits. 

“The President’s executive order will halt past regulations such as President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, but will also look to create a framework to encourage U.S. energy production and independence moving forward.

“Under President Obama Americans witnessed a massive increase in the regulatory state and executive overreach that deterred innovation while driving up the cost of energy in the U.S. for taxpayers and businesses while providing no real environmental impacts.

“For instance the President’s executive order will begin rolling back the Clean Power Plan, which would have increased electricity rates by double-digits in 44 states while killing thousands of jobs and decreasing U.S. competitiveness. 

“Trump’s order will also require reviews of other costly and duplicative Obama energy policies such as the Bureau of Land Management’s rules on methane emissions and the Interior Department’s moratorium on new coal leasing on federal land.

“I applaud President Trump’s for his leadership rolling back anti-energy Obama policies and his work to encourage U.S. energy production and independence.”


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