EPA moves to dramatically cut regulation of coal power

The Trump Administration Released a Plan to Fight Climate Change. It Could Actually Make Things Worse

The Clean Power Plan is the EPA program to cut risky carbon pollution from coal and fracked gas power plants, and Trump will no doubt gleefully proclaim that, by gutting the standard, coal's resurrection is just around the corner.

Under the Trump plan, EPA aims to make power plants more efficient to meet emissions goals.

"I think it is fair to say that Donald Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator in the premature death of 1,400 people every year if this misbegotten plan went into place", he said. "Our coalition will closely examine the proposal and continue to support President Trump's administration in implementing this important change to protect West Virginia coal miners and those who depend upon their success". "It will also do no more harm to the coal industry, which still supplies 30% of America's electricity at the lowest costs". Even where coal remains king, employment in the coal sector is declining, due to increased automation.

In other words, the United States could well have a new president, with a new vision for EPA, before the Trump plan triggers any substantial on-the-ground changes.

"They are continuing to play to their base and following industry's lead", McCarthy said of the Trump administration and its new acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist.

Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX.

While the new Trump plan announced Tuesday likely won't affect Minnesota's power plants, it could increase overall air pollution in the state if other states opt to burn more coal, said David Thornton, assistant commissioner with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Some critics of the administration's plan to scale back the limits on climate change emissions noted the timing of the proposal.

The agency announced its the Affordable Clean Energy proposal on Tuesday, the morning ahead of Trump's visit to Charleston.

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But buried deep in the EPA's new 289-page "Regulatory Impact Analysis", are tables that make clear that Trump's new plan will kill tens of thousands of Americans and make millions sicker in the coming decades.

According to the EPA, ACE is expected to increase coal production anywhere from 4.5 to 5.8 percent and decrease costs for consumers up to 0.5 percent.

The mere fact that President Trump is unveiling his new environmental policy at a rally in West Virginia tells you a lot about the nature of his plans: They're coal-friendly and minimally sensitive to the reality of climate change.

"We need to bring ourselves back within our authority", says Wehrum.

By contrast, the Obama administration projected that its rule would have cut emissions 19% over the same time frame.

Combined with a planned rollback of car-mileage standards, the plan represents a significant retreat from Obama-era efforts to fight climate change and would reverse an Obama-era push to shift away from coal and toward less-polluting energy sources such as natural gas, wind and solar power.

In a press conference, Inslee said President Trump's proposal is a deadly coal plan that will expose Washingtonians to deadly air, and that the president has sold out children's health to the coal industry.

The CPP required states to come up with plans to reduce carbon dioxide from existing power plants, aiming to cut emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Several coal-producing states, including Texas and West Virginia, led a group of industry stakeholders to ask the Supreme Court to stay the CPP in January 2016 pending an appeals court's ruling. Rather, it should help upgrade individual power plants and leave the energy mix down to the states. The US is not on track to emission reduction targets set during the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (nor are other major industrialized countries).

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