Praising President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to redirect the previous administration’s energy regulations, a spokesman for the grassroots Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has issued a statement of support.
AFP’s chief government affairs officer Brent Gardner dubbed the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan “a legally dubious, drastic action that would have caused the cost of energy to skyrocket for Americans with virtually no impact on global temperatures."
He expressed satisfaction at Trump’s actions to permit the coal industry to resume its work.
“Lifting the moratorium on coal leases on federal land is an additional positive step to toward protecting American’s access to affordable and reliable energy,” Gardner said in the statement. “There’s plenty more work to do in unwinding the Obama administration’s regulatory behemoth, but today’s action is a strong step toward more reasonable energy policies, and an important correction of the out-of-control rule making that was happening under the previous administration.”
AFP previously expressed opposition to the Obama administration’s directives, offering backing for legal efforts to curb the plan at the state level. Its platform to reverse over-regulation is the focus of its Reform America 2017 agenda, a plan for which the group currently strives.
AFP was established in 2004 as a nationwide conservative advocacy group by David Koch.