Apple says it opposes any repeal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the Clean Power Plan, which is a priority of the agency’s Administrator Scott Pruitt and would reverse an Obama-era program to curb greenhouse gases, reports Reuters.
The Clean Power Plan is an Obama administration policy aimed at combating global warming that was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014. It aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical power generation by 32% by 2030, relative to 2005 levels.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed last October to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a set of standards for U.S. states intended to cut pollution from power plants. He said has said the Clean Power Plan was illegal and exceeded the agency’s statutory authority. The plan never went into effect after it was suspended by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The EPA has not indicated whether or when it would propose a new rule to regulate the emissions.
Pruitt was nominated as EPA administrator by President Trump. Interesting for the guy heading the agency, he rejects the idea that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are a primary contributor to climate change
“Repealing the Clean Power Plan will subject consumers like Apple and our large manufacturing partners to increased investment uncertainty,” Apple said in a filing to the agency.
The tech giant, which says it runs its U.S. operations fully on renewable energy such as wind and solar power, added that repeal of the plan would also threaten development and investments that have already been made in renewable power.