Bevin defends Trump Administration's roll back of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Bevin defends Trump Administration's roll back of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Bevin defends Trump Administration's roll back of Obama's Clean Power Plan

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today asserted that President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to restore the rights of states to regulate carbon emissions should protect Mississippians from threatened power plant closings and rate hikes under Obama-era regulations.

Tuesday's EPA announcement opens a 60 day public-comment period before finalization.

In talking points obtained by E&E News, the administration says the EPA's own analysis shows "the proposal could reduce 2030 Carbon dioxide emissions by 0.7% to 1.5% from projected levels" under a business as usual scenario compared to 2005.

The move is the agency's first under Trump to detail how it will regulate the power-sector carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, and it sets up months of public and legal reviews, and potentially a yearslong court battle.

Hours after the head of the EPA unveiled a more industry-friendly version of power plant regulations, President Trump used a rally in West Virginia to claim that his policies have revitalized the coal industry. That plan aimed to reduce the country's carbon dioxide emissions to 32% below 2005 levels by 2030, Bloomberg reports, but the regulation was put on hold by the Supreme Court in 2016. "This new rule will go a long way toward rebuilding trust between the EPA and rural America, and I'm pleased to see it move forward".

IN has 16 coal-fired power plants, and gets more than 70 percent of its power from coal. The Trump administration said the reductions would be "comparable" due to changes in the energy market.

But industry statistics reveal a muted job recovery in coal, at best.

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Senator Mitch McConnell says Obama's Clean Power Plan doesn't do much in giving people cleaner air.

The Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE) would replace former president Barack Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan, which the EPA described as "overly prescriptive and burdensome" for states and the economy.

The Obama rule had been stayed by US courts. The new plan, however, would allow for relaxation of pollution rules for older coal power plants. The earlier rule never went into effect after legal challenges but would have required North Dakota to cut carbon dioxide emissions by almost 45 percent by 2030, causing concern among utility executives.

If implemented, Schneider said, "the result will actually be more pollution and unnecessary loss of life - by the EPA's own reckoning about 1,000 avoidable deaths per year, while doing nothing to stem climate change".

The projection of increased deaths and costs marks "what's extraordinary about this proposal", said Richard Revesz, dean emeritus at the New York University School of Law.

Announcing the regulation on Tuesday, Bill Wehrum, the EPA's assistant administrator for the office of air and radiation, told journalists that he had worked at the EPA under President George W. Bush when the agency tried to argue that it did not have the legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

One of the key differences between the Trump rule and the Obama one is the lack of pollution goals.

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