President-elect Trump will seek to dismiss a pending court case over President Obama's climate plan if the federal judges currently reviewing it haven't given their verdict by the time he enters the Oval Office, according to a Trump transition document.
Trump plans to pull the government's defense of the Clean Power Plan and work to repeal the regulation entirely, according to the document.
The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Obama's climate agenda, directs states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2030, or be subject to enforcement action by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The plan is also considered a threat to the long-term viability of the coal industry, and repealing it is part of meeting Trump's commitment to coal country and saving mining jobs.
The plan is currently being reviewed by an unprecedented 10-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is expected to give a ruling on the plan by early next year. The Supreme Court has currently placed the power plan on hold until all court reviews have concluded, including by the high court.