Inslee: Trump is co-conspirator in premature death of Washingtonians

24 August, 2018, 06:31 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
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Conrad Schneider, advocacy director of the Clean Air Task Force, said the plan shows the Trump administration "cares more about extending the lives of coal plants than the American people".

Trump has been clear that he wants to save the coal industry, and replacing the Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy rule is seen as a key effort to make it easier to burn the fossil fuel.

Indiana University McKinney School of Law professor Janet McCabe helped form the Clean Power Plan under President Barack Obama. The plan, the EPA says, will still cut overall emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, but will give states more authority to make their own decisions on how to do it.

The implementation of those rules were halted by the Supreme Court in 2016, to give the courts time to consider the arguments over whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had exceeded its legal authority.

"This proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan will make our efforts to reduce carbon pollution more hard, and will remove a strong incentive for state and federal governments to work together to clean up our air". Trump's new EPA plan leaves it up to the states to set their own emissions standards for coal-fueled power plants.

Duke does "appreciate EPA's efforts to propose a regulation that fits within the agency's statutory authority while recognizing the important role our states play in generation planning", but it's committed to reducing 2030 Carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 2005 levels.

The changes, which would be allowed just for power plants, would also enable the kind of efficiency upgrades envisioned under the Trump administration's proposed carbon dioxide requirements, Mr Wehrum said.

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Coal interests applauded the proposal, seeing it as a lifeline for their beleaguered industry.

Those numbers are not addressed in the EPA's new report.

Many Democratic congressional candidates say they will not support Pelosi as House leader; Larry Sabato shares insight. "Given the magnitude of the problem with climate change and the magnitude of the solution that we need, it's really concerning that we are looking to the states as opposed to having federal leadership, which is really what we need".

"This day was only possible because of a bipartisan collection of state attorneys general who stood up to the Obama administration and filed repeated legal challenges to the blatant overreach of executive power".

The EPA's 289-page regulatory analysis acknowledged that every possible scenario under its proposal projects "small increases" in climate-changing emissions and some pollutants, compared to the Obama plan.

States would have three years to submit a plan to reduce emissions. Critics say it is a blow to clean air. "This new proposal from the Trump administration returns power to the states where it belongs".

In many states, the CPP's limits on emissions have already been met because the cost of generating power from natural gas and renewable energy like wind and solar is cheaper than coal.


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