The Trump Administration's Revised Clean Power Plan Will Make Pollution Worse

The Trump Administration Released a Plan to Fight Climate Change. It Could Actually Make Things Worse

John McManus, senior vice president of environmental services at American Electric Power, one of the nation's largest electric utilities, said in an interview that the proposal could keep some coal plants operating that would have had to close otherwise.

Gina McCarthy, the Obama administration EPA chief who finalized the Clean Power Plan, called the Trump administration's proposal "just another step in industry's playbook to dismantle regulations that they find inconvenient but are absolutely essential for our public health and our kids' future". In the scenario the E.P.A. has pegged as the most likely to occur, the health effects would be significant.

The EPA says the new rule could reduce emissions by up to 34 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, more than Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Despite Trump's support for coal plants, they continue to shut down. "It will also do no more harm to the coal industry, which still supplies 30% of America's electricity at the lowest costs".

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.

"The era of top down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over", EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said on a conference call.

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"We think that granting the petition remains the best option if the court decides that the new rule doesn't do enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal and natural gas power plants", said Myron Ebell, director of CEI's Center for Energy and Environment. Downwind states, Howarth said in a statement, are particularly vulnerable to the choices of their upwind counterparts, who determine their air quality: Pollution levels in NY, for example, could be determined by decision made in Pennsylvania, or Ohio. The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged this will lead to hundreds of more deaths each year, along with sharp increases in the number of hospital admissions, lost work days, and school absences because of the health impacts of dirtier air. Trump has long targeted the plan - the cornerstone of Barack Obama's climate change agenda - by portraying it as disastrous for coal-producing regions in particular and the United States economy in general.

The Obama administration joined the Paris climate accord in 2016, promising to cut USA greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

The EPA's own analysis of the Trump administration proposal also estimated that it will lead to an increase in pollution-related illnesses, like asthma, and a rise in premature deaths. The Obama administration had worked to nudge the country's power producers toward natural gas, wind, solar and other less-polluting energy sources.

Trump was expected to promote the new plan at a coal-country appearance in West Virginia on Tuesday. Indeed, the White House press release for the new regulation does not contain a single mention of climate change or global warming.

The federal government isn't permitted by the Clean Air Act to trigger sweeping changes to the energy grid in the name of climate change, the administration says.

Obama's plan was created to cut USA carbon dioxide emissions to 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Obama's energy plan aimed to usher in the strictest anti-pollution measures in history on power plants, but was put on hold in 2016 by the US Supreme Court. Rather, it should help upgrade individual power plants and leave the energy mix down to the states.

"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".

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