EPA claims replacement for Obama coal rule would save $400 million annually, reduce pollution

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August 21, 2018

Emmissions

The Trump administration officially rolled out its replacement for the Clean Power Plan, former President Barack Obama’s signature initiative to combat climate change, with claims that the revision would save money while also slightly reducing carbon dioxide pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday morning released its plan, renamed the “Affordable Clean Energy Rule,” that the agency said would provide $400 million in annual benefits, while reducing carbon emission levels by 1.5 percent by 2030. President Trump is expected to tout the new rule at a rally in coal-friendly West Virginia Tuesday night.

“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,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s proposal provides the states and regulated community the certainty they need to continue environmental progress while fulfilling President Trump’s goal of energy dominance.”

By comparison, the much more ambitious 2015 Clean Power Plan, which was never implemented because of a Supreme Court stay, required states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, by shifting away from coal plants to natural gas and renewable energy.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    At this point, the marketplace is doing more to cut emissions than the Environmental Protection Agency is. By Bloomberg Opinion Editorial Board – August 21, 2018

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-08-21/trump-epa-s-affordable-clean-energy-rule-is-neither

    Happily, the marketplace has taken its own action against coal. With the price of natural gas, wind and solar power falling steadily, power plant owners have closed or announced plans to close 270 coal plants nationwide — more than half the total — since 2010. (This progress been encouraged by the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, which is funded by Michael R. Bloomberg.) The country is on track to lower carbon dioxide emissions 28 percent by 2030, close to the Clean Power Plan target, with no EPA power-sector rules in force.

  • Peter says:

    Just like Trump when he pulled America out of the Paris climate accord because China was getting a free pass. We saved money and come to find out America’s pollution was down from the previous year, more than any other country in that phony agreement!

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