How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's

How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's

How Trump's rules on coal-fired power plants differ from Obama's

The long-anticipated rule would replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama era initiative to rein in pollution from coal-fired power plants that was considered the former president's signature policy for combatting climate change.

"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.

President Donald Trump is expected to promote the new plan at an appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday.

Environmental advocates and the architects of former President Barack Obama's ambitious plan derided the Trump administration's proposed replacement as political pandering and said it represented a us retreat from the global fight against climate change.

In terms of the public health impacts, that's where you are certainly going to see a difference, because one thing that the Trump administration is now proposing is that utilities that want to make their existing coal-fired plants more efficient can make those upgrades without installing the kind of pollution controls on traditional pollutants that normally are required under the Clean Air Act.

Legal challenges are certain to follow, testing how a plan that barely reduces greenhouse gas emissions (if at all) can possibly qualify as the "best system of emissions reduction".

The Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed Monday, calls for states to determine their own emission standards for coal-fired power plants, rather than the federal government.

Electric utilities have been steadily retiring coal plants for economic reasons despite the stay of the Clean Power Plan, as the cost of renewables and natural gas drop.

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What does this mean for climate change? Several states, including California, are already meeting the targets the Obama administration laid out in the Clean Power Plan, even though that plan was never implemented. In contrast, the Clean Power Plan would have been well on its way by now toward its goals of saving lives, driving the growth of affordable clean energy like wind and solar, and meeting America's global commitments to fight climate change.

Tuesday's move opens a public-comment period on the proposal before any final administration action.

Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey cited this summer's wildfires, increasing droughts and coastal flooding as evidence that man-made climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels is already happening.

But EPA officials did not describe their move as an attempt to save coal. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.

But models provided by the agency estimate that under the Trump plan, 300 to 1,500 premature deaths would be avoided a year by 2030.

'The Obama administration waged a war on American energy with devastating consequences for workers and manufacturers, ' the Wisconsin Republican said. The Supreme Court put the brakes on it in 2016 after energy-producing states sued the EPA, saying it had exceeded its legal reach. Horwath said that even Obama's Clean Power Plan was only a step in the right direction, adding that "to pull back even from this start is simply incomprehensible, given the climate crisis our country and the world face".

'We agree with those policymakers who have become increasingly concerned that coal retirements are a threat to grid resilience and national security, ' she said.

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