Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, hailed President Donald Trump's rollback of environmental regulations enacted by the Obama administration as a "great" move for the Lone Star State.
"The Clean Power Plan pushed by the Obama administration first of all was completely unconstitutional because it was the EPA imposing regulations that were way beyond the bounds of the authority of the EPA," Abbott told Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live" on Wednesday.
"It was going to cost . . . a lot of money because it was going to jack up the prices of power, jack up the prices of things like electricity and heat, etc. All because of an ill-defined leftist agenda."
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Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs. It suspends, rescinds, or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels. Environmental activists, including former Vice President Al Gore, denounced the plan.
Abbott said Trump's move "returns to the marketplace issues like power and power generation, and returns commonsense to the power system in the United States of America as opposed to us being compromised in our ability to access power in the coldest of winter or the heat of summer.
"Now we will be able to generate power and provide access to power for all of your listeners to make sure that our economy runs the right way."
Abbott is the author of "Broken But Unbowed: The Fight to Fix a Broken America," published by Threshold Editions.
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