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

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"The Affordable Clean Energy rule makes important strides in reversing the Obama-era Power Plan. We've got a history where politicians continually put the interests of coal corporations above the health and safety of our people, be they coal miners or anyone else". The plan was halted by the U.S. supreme court in 2016 and has never come into force. All 11 Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee wrote to former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in January asking him to eliminate the rule. This - the plan published on Tuesday - is that something.

"The Clean Power Plan would have reduced particle pollution along with the Carbon dioxide benefits by 25 percent by 2030".

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.

"The ACE Rule would restore the rule of law and empower states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide modern, reliable, and affordable energy for all Americans", he said. The plan envisioned this would cut greenhouse gases from the power sector by around 32% by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

"The US is not on track to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement, the best chance that we have for averting catastrophic climate change", said Houser, who served in the State Department under President Barack Obama. Wyoming was one of 27 states to challenge the Clean Power Plan in court.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the nation's power sector consumed 661 million short tons of coal a year ago, the lowest level since 1983. "And that's bad air that our citizens and residents, particularly in urban areas, have to breathe".

For instance, by 2030, replacing Obama's plan with Trump's plan will lead to up to 120,000 more cases of worsened asthma a year.

The EPA called the Obama-era regulations on coal power plants "overly prescriptive and burdensome".

"We have abundant legal authority to deal with those other pollutants directly, and we have aggressive programs in place that directly target emissions of those pollutants".




The Trump Administration released a new plan Tuesday to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and address climate change.

Just like Morrisey fought the Obama rule in court, several Democratic states like MA have promised to do the exact same thing for this new rule.

"An important part of what we're doing here is getting us back into our lane", Wehrum said. That plan requires reductions in climate-changing emissions from fossil-fuel-burning plants.

"The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over", said EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, in a phone call with reporters.

Legal challenges are likely, just as they were for the Clean Power Plan.

"Beyond that, we are in a critical period with regard to addressing climate change", he said in an emailed statement.

The bigger picture of the livability of the planet looms ominously.

Under the Clean Power Plan, Minnesota wasn't expected to see much impact because the state's utilities had already begun phasing out coal, mostly for economic reasons.

"Pollution really doesn't recognize state boundaries, and we shouldn't be leaving regulating carbon dioxide emissions and other power plant pollution up to a state like ours", Stockman said. 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.

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