Economy, Not EPA Proposed Coal Rules, To Drive Electricity Production In Kansas

24 August, 2018, 06:27 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it would seek to replace the Obama Administration policy aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions with one that gives states more oversight on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Cuomo made the announcement to "share our expertise and continue to fight against dirty fossil fuels" as the Trump administration set out plans to relax emissions limit on coal plants in the US.

The clean power plan set the first national USA pollution limits on coal plants but has never come into force, after a coalition of states challenged it in court.

His evening MAGA-themed event took place hours after the EPA rolled out its replacement to former President Barack Obama's "Clean Power Plan". The Clean Power Plan had a goal of cutting carbon emissions 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Rather than comparing projections for the Clean Power Plan and the Affordable Clean Energy rule, the EPA's report compares the new rule to a future with no emissions plan at all.

Andrew Wheeler, acting EPA administrator, said the proposed rule restores the rule of law, empowers states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provides modern, reliable and affordable energy for consumers.

Conrad Schneider, advocacy director for the Clean Air Task Force, agreed that the changes that will be allowed under Trump's new rules will amount to "essentially replacing worn out equipment, which will allow these plants to run longer and harder and to create more pollution".

Tuesday's EPA announcement opens a 60 day public-comment period before finalization. That would be accompanied by a rise in cases of asthma, bronchitis, and heart and lung disease because of an increase in coal burning.

"This seems to be driven by the economics as far as the coal industry versus solving the problem", he said.

However, Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said under the federal Clean Air Act, the agency can't control the entire electrical system. Professor Victor Flatt with the Law Center at the The University of Houston says "That's because we have a competitive electricity market, wind and natural gas are so low-priced here". The Obama administration's environmental policy, which prioritized renewables over coal, also hurt the industry. "This new proposal from the Trump administration returns power to the states where it belongs". "It's an affront to people who want to breathe clean air". "We have abundant legal authority to deal with those pollutants directly", he told reporters. To put this in context, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global body for evaluating the science on the sources and impacts of climate change, estimates that developed countries like the United States will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions by some 80 percent by 2050, relative to a 2005 baseline.

Morrisey was an outspoken opponent of the Clean Power Plan. 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.

President Trump rolled back Obama's fuel efficiency rules earlier this month.



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