EPA Proposal to Boost Coal Power Plants Signed

EPA Proposal to Boost Coal Power Plants Signed

Those moves have been rebuffed by California and a dozen other states, which have led a push to maintain high environmental standards and legally challenge the Trump administration's rollback of the Obama-era rules.

Indeed, the White House press release for the new regulation does not contain a single mention of climate change or global warming. Anything that enhances government control of the energy economy and punishes fossil fuels is seen as virtuous, while solutions.

The plan requires states to come up with their own rules to make coal-fired power plants more efficient.

The Affordable Clean Energy rule would formally overturn President Obama's signature Clean Power Plan, although that plan was never implemented after the Supreme Court issued a stay in response to petitions from state attorneys general and from power providers. Because more efficient coal plants would make that energy source more competitive compared to less carbon-intensive alternatives, some analysts argue that the measure could lead to increased carbon emissions.

The move would reverse Obama administration efforts to combat climate change and marks the fulfillment of a campaign promise at the heart of his appeal in coal-producing states like West Virginia - an appeal embodied by Trump's 2016 campaign stops in the coal country of West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, where Trump supporters waved "Trump Digs Coal" signs and where the President-to-be donned a coal-mining helmet.

EPA acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency's plan will provide more clarity when it comes to regulations.

The proposal is projected to release 12 times the amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere compared with Obama's Clean Power Plan, according to The Washington Post.

Trump has already vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement as he pushes to revive the coal industry.

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The Trump plan "will make no meaningful reductions" in greenhouse gas emissions "and it probably will make emissions worse", Doniger said.

The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from the plants.

The EPA estimates the new plan will save $400 million in compliance cost and will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 percent by 2030.

The plan is rolling back President Barack Obama's effort to slow global warming.

The Environmental Protect Agency announced late Monday that acting administrator Andrew Wheeler planned to brief the news media by telephone Tuesday on greenhouse guidelines for states to set performance standards for existing coal-fired power plants.

Coal fired power plants have always been a staple of the USA power grid, but are declining due to competition from natural gas, which is cheaper, and wind and solar power, which are far more agreeable to the environment and human health.

President Trump has vowed to reinvigorate America's decaying coal-fired power plants and increase reliance on the fuel source. And previous year Trump announced that he would pull the US out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

The rule also could allow power plant owners to sidestep costly permits for those improvements. In total, the Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030. "We believe the clean power plan went beyond the EPA's legal authority in some fundamental ways". "It would mean more climate-changing pollution from power plants".

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