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23 August, 2018, 01:45 | Author: Grady King
  • Trump administration's rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be a boon to the coal industry

These regulations are expected to only decrease Carbon dioxide levels by a fraction of the amount that were anticipated under Obama's plan.

But documents released by the EPA together with the proposed rule say that implementing it is expected to "increase the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health". But courts have ruled that the government has an obligation to regulate greenhouse gases via the "best system of emissions reduction".

The Trump administration's plan, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, rolls back numerous protections from Obama's Clean Power Plan that sought to significantly reduce greenhouse emissions from power plants and shift incentives to cleaner sources of energy.

"What we're doing is moving forward in a measured approach to reduce Carbon dioxide in the long-term and provide cheaper electricity for all Americans", Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told FOX Business' Liz Claman on Tuesday.

The Clean Power Plan faced powerful opposition from almost the moment it was signed. The Supreme Court put the brakes on it in 2016 after energy-producing states sued the EPA, saying it had exceeded its legal reach. The Court agreed to temporarily block the plan and it has been suspended ever since.

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The proposal dismantles President Barack Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan, one of his administration's legacy efforts against climate change. "Congress did not give EPA the authority to transform our energy sector".

But EPA officials did not describe their move as an attempt to save coal. Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator who developed the CPP under Obama, called its replacement "galling and appalling". "This is all about coal at all costs".

"They are continuing to play to their base and following industry's lead", she said. That plan requires reductions in climate-changing emissions from fossil-fuel-burning plants.

The transforming energy market - cheap, abundant natural gas is displacing more carbon-heavy coal - is helping keep a lid on emissions, but the new Trump administration plan does not provide any meaningful cuts and could even make the situation worse by propping up old coal plants.

But models provided by the agency estimate that under the Trump plan, 300 to 1,500 more people would die prematurely each year by 2030, compared to the Obama plan. The plan is expected to address power plants individually rather than across the electric grid as the EPA proposed under Obama.

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"The EPA's proposed replacement rule is a huge improvement over the so-called Clean Power Plan, which is nearly certainly illegal and would be incredibly costly to consumers if implemented".

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. More CO2 emissions means more of the other harmful stuff.

The agency estimates that the power sector's greenhouse gas emissions would continue to decline in coming years, but nearly entirely as a result of market pressures.

President Trump is rolling back his predecessor's environmental agenda - again. Many of these rules include protections to wildlife habitats and restrictions aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

The roll back comes as the president plans to hit the campaign trail to support state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey who is running from a U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia, a major coal-producing state. The Clean Power Plan is the EPA program to cut unsafe 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. He also announced his intention to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate agreement.

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