Trump plan rolls back Obama's coal emissions standards

Trump plan rolls back Obama's coal emissions standards

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule regulating coal-fired power plants, which - according to the government's own figures - could cause thousands of premature deaths per year.

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would be changing the rule, but the proposed change hasn't been published yet, and the EPA must allow at least 60 days for public comment before releasing a final rule.

The agency projects that scrapping the Clean Power Plan entirely would increase the number of premature deaths in 2030 by no more than 1,740.

The Obama-era plan was created to scale back greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It will recommend a set of technologies to increase power plant efficiency, which individual states will then use to come up with plans of their own choosing.

Trump, who has scheduled a rally on Tuesday in coal-producing state West Virginia, has vowed to end what he termed "the war on coal" and boost domestic fossil fuels production.

Said Gov. Pete Ricketts: "This federal red tape was completely unnecessary for our state because Nebraskans already successfully maintain clean air and clean water".

"There are lives on the line here", she said, "and the idea that a coal company's profits are just more important than that?"

The plan will impact more than 300 coal-fired power plants across the USA, and the plan will provide incentives to keep the plants operating, the EPA said.




"The Trump administration is putting people's health and our environment in harm's way", Gina Raimondo, Democractic governor of Rhode Island, said.

Siderewicz also said coal plants in OH are "uneconomical" anyway. The EPA also expects that when states have implemented their ACE plans, American energy sector emissions could be 33 to 34 percent below 2005-level emissions. The delegation also complained that the Obama plan dismissed the state's strategic investments in energy diversification and air quality technologies.

"It's great for us to be able to say we have someone who cares about the people in this state and cares about the people in our industry, that he's got our back", he told Fox News on Monday, adding that the administration's support for the industry is one of the reasons the state will continue to back him.

Bill Wehrum, the head of EPA's clean air office, admitted there would be "collateral effects" of rising emissions, but said the agency could take other steps to combat them.

The Trump administration is pumping the brakes on Obama-era mandates for carbon pollution.

A reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would go hand-in-hand with a reduction in soot and smog-forming materials from power plants.

Combined with the EPA's proposal earlier this month to ease mileage requirements for vehicles, the move could increase the country's climate-changing emissions, according to some former top EPA officials, environmental groups, and other opponents. "Climate change is real, no matter how much this administration tries to deny it", Baraba Underwood, New York State's Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

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