Trump’s new Affordable Clean Energy Rule a common-sense replacement for Clean Power Plan stayed by Supreme Court

(St. Paul, MN) – The Trump Administration released its finalized Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE) to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, released the following statement in response:


“The Trump Administration should be applauded for finalizing the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, a common-sense reform which correctly scales back the EPA overreach that occurred under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). This overreach is why the Supreme Court took the unprecedented step to stay the Clean Power Plan before it was ever implemented.


“According to research published by American Experiment, Minnesota would save $7.4 billion dollars, compared to 2018 costs, by 2050 under the ACE rule. In contrast, the Clean Power Plan would have forced Minnesota households to pay more for their electricity for no measurable environmental benefits. In fact, the climate models used by the Obama administration found the CPP would avert only 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100, an amount far too small to be measured.”


Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at Center of the American Experiment, where he writes about energy and environmental issues, including mining and electricity policy. Prior to joining Center of the America Experiment, Isaac served as a research fellow at The Heartland Institute, where he specialized in energy and environmental policy. Isaac has written extensively on hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining and electricity policy, among other energy and environmental issues. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Post, The Hill, Orange County Register, The Washington Times, and many other publications.


Center of the American Experiment is “Minnesota’s Think Tank.” For more than 25 years, the Center has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota, leading the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state. The Center is a civic and educational 501(c)(3) organization.