Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Admin Says War on Coal Is Over

Trump Admin Says War on Coal Is Over

Pruitt is announcing the withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan today in Washington, sharing his proposal for a new rule that he says will set standards that are actually attainable.

The new proposal, which was obtained by multiple media outlets, stated the repeal is needed because the Clean Power Plan exceeded the federal government's authority. Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate's environment committee, said the Clean Power Plan would have hurt energy workers in his state of Wyoming, the country's top coal-producing state.

"As you can imagine, there haven't been many smiling faces in southeast Kentucky", McConnell said.

While Pruitt is expected to make his decision final on Tuesday, it could take months before the Clean Power Plan is officially rolled back and done away with.

In a 43-page document titled Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources, the agency subsequently said it would appeal for public input on how to cut emissions from power plants.

Barack Obama's plan was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32% by the end of 2030.

While not exclusively a effect of the Clean Power Plan, FirstEnergy Corp. officials have repeatedly maintained they want to exit the power generation business in Pennsylvania, and have previously said both Bruce Mansfield and the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant could be sold or deactivated by 2018. Which, of course, will nearly certainly be subject to legal challenge from environmental groups. President Trump, however, has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by China to make US manufacturing non-competitive, but he also said he had an open mind toward efforts to control it.

The EPA also thinks that it is avoiding the issue of having two different entities-itself and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-both regulating the power grid.

But while the decision to scrap the initiative will be seen as a backward step in US efforts to curb carbon emissions, in truth the CPP was already effectively held back by congressional and legal challenges, resulting in the US Supreme Court halting the enforcement of the plan past year.

"Despite this setback and just like we did when the Administration pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, the nation's mayors will continue to stand for what's right".

David Doniger, a lawyer at non-profit environmental group the Natural Resources Defense Council, said it would put Americans in greater danger from extreme weather and particulate pollution from coal plants, which is linked to heart and lung problems.

"This president has tremendous courage", Pruitt said Monday. Those numbers are dwarfed by the jobs created by building wind turbines and solar arrays. The EPA feels confident that its decision to eliminate regulation reduces the risk of running afoul of the court decision, and the agency is asking for comments on that.

"The Supreme Court has concluded multiple times that EPA is obligated by law to move forward with action to regulate greenhouse gases, but this administration has no intention of following the law", McCarthy said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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