Environmentalists decry Trump 'dirty power' plan: 'A recipe for climate disaster'

24 August, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • Trump administration's rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be a boon to the coal industry

The Trump administration proposed Tuesday new rules for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation, in a move that could keep aging coal-fired plants running longer and which is part of its strategy to support U.S. coal mining.

Kevin Drumm at Mother Jones takes a look at the increased death rates expected from the Trump administration's rollback of air standards for coal-burning power plants and finds Arkansas will be one of the big losers.

The West Virginia coal industry has improved under Trump.

The CPP set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits on companies in the power industry with the hopes of reducing USA emissions by approximately one third from 2005 levels by the year 2030.

The Supreme Court put the plan on hold in 2016 following a legal challenge by industry and coal-friendly states, an order that remains in effect.

The coal industry argued that expensive upgrades have led to the shutting down of power plants.

The proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule returns regulation of power-plant emissions to a legal framework following unprecedented overreach.

The new plan, however, would allow for relaxation of pollution rules for older coal power plants.


The Trump administration's proposed regulation is going to be available for public review and comment for 60 days. And with child hospitalizations from asthma here nearly double the state's overall rate, it stands to reason S.A. would experience more than its share of both.

In the report, the EPA did not address the numbers previously reported regarding the Clean Power Plan.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked in an interview whether his state would sue to block the plan, said "we're moving in that direction" but would see the administrative process through.

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"Our planning and long-term investment in the communities where we work and live extends far beyond any single presidential administration", he said.

In many states, the CPP's limits on emissions have already been met because the cost of generating power from natural gas and renewable energy like wind and solar is cheaper than coal. "We need strong, immediate action to drastically cut climate change pollution and promote affordable, clean and sustainable energy - not foot-dragging and backtracking that seeks to prop up dirty, expensive power plants". "We feel like the EPA proposal now is based on a correct reading of the Clean Air Act". There also is a dichotomy in the administration's insistence upon state control while at the same time it opposes the rights of states to set their own fuel-mileage standards for automobiles or their own laws regarding recreational marijuana.

Combined with the EPA's proposal earlier this month to ease gas-mileage requirements for vehicles, the move may actually increase the country's climate-changing emissions, according to some former top EPA officials, environmental groups and other opponents. The Trump Administration has criticized the CPP as "overly prescriptive and burdensome" and has, at times, discussed an outright repeal of the rule.

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