Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in his first testimony before Congress on Thursday that he plans to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, instead of just killing it outright.
“We are going to be introducing a replacement rule, too,” Pruitt said, in response to a question from Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
But Pruitt also criticized the 2009 agency rule known as the endangerment finding, which forces the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
The Clean Power Plan, intended to reduce power plant emissions, was the main U.S. pledge as part of the international Paris climate change agreement, which the Trump administration intends to leave.
The plan would have required requires states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.