Why Trump’s plan to roll back carbon emission regulations could be deadly

  • Why Trump’s plan to roll back carbon emission regulations could be deadly

Why Trump’s plan to roll back carbon emission regulations could be deadly

What are the main differences between the Trump administration's proposals and the clean power plan?

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked in an interview whether his state would sue to block the plan, said "we're moving in that direction" but would see the administrative process through.

Trump will tout his new proposals Tuesday night in West Virginia, where Republicans are vying to wrench a hotly contested Senate seat from Democrat Sen.

"We're ending intrusive EPA regulations that kill jobs", the president said in a statement.

While the new Trump plan announced Tuesday likely won't affect Minnesota's power plants, it could increase overall air pollution in the state if other states opt to burn more coal, said David Thornton, assistant commissioner with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The move dovetails with a separate administration proposal to relax Obama-era greenhouse gas emission limits on vehicles and coming efforts to ease restrictions on the amount of methane that can escape from oil wells. "This dirty power plan is riddled with gimmicks and giveaways".

A spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, which is still reviewing the draft rule, had no specific comment this morning on the proposed change to the New Source Review program. The federal government will set carbon emission guidelines, but states will have the leeway to set less-stringent standards, taking into account a facility's age and the cost of upgrades. "Environmental regulation in many cases is one of the leading causes of the decline in emissions that we observed over the past twenty years", said Reed Walker, an associate professor at UC Berkeley who co-authored a recent study that found regulation to be a key factor in reducing emissions in the manufacturing sector, even with increasing output.

A three-page summary being circulated at the White House focuses on boosting efficiency at coal-fired power plants and allowing states to reduce "wasteful compliance costs" while focusing on improved environmental outcomes. The agency also forecasts a modest, potentially 0.5 per cent reduction in retail electricity prices. The Sierra Club says that 270 of the 523 coal plants it targeted in 2010 are either shut down or scheduled to be.

"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", stated Andrew Wheeler, the EPA's acting administrator.

In the report, the EPA did not address the numbers previously reported regarding the Clean Power Plan. Although the Trump administration forecasts a 4.5 percent to 5.8 percent increase in the production of coal for generating electricity under its proposal, analysts say the shift is unlikely to reverse a spate of already announced closures of coal-fired power plants.

The EPA projects that Affordable Clean Energy could save coal-fired power plants up to $400 million per year, compared to the Clean Power Plan. "It also said the EPA can't just regulate greenhouse gases just with policy judgments that have nothing to do with the facts and nothing to do with the science".

By contrast, the EPA previously reported that the Clean Power Plan would have helped avoid up to 300,000 missed school and work days, 3,600 premature deaths, and 90,000 child asthma attacks by the year 2030. "We've got the cleanest country in the planet right now", Trump said. The US is not on track to emission reduction targets set during the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (nor are other major industrialized countries).

"Boom, gone", Donald Trump said about the clean power plan a year ago. The proposed replacement rightly restores regulatory power to states, they said.

Vivian Stockman of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition said it's hard to trust states making appropriate decisions when it comes to emissions. Depending on how aggressively states make efficiency standards for individual power plants, those numbers could decrease.

The Trump plan "will make no meaningful reductions" in greenhouse gas emissions "and it probably will make emissions worse", Doniger said.