Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year

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However, the updated EPA analysis says the Obama rule would mean only a 4% reduction because of the ongoing shift that utilities are making to natural gas and renewable power.

Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator who developed the CPP under Obama, called its replacement "galling and appalling".

Trump wasn't correct in saying it has gone away, though. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the favour of industry and 27 states who argued that the Obama-era rule would harm them economically. So it has to be replaced with something.

The Affordable Clean Energy Rule incentivizes power plant owners increase their plants' efficiency.

The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal would give states wide latitude for determining how to cut greenhouse gases from the power sector, a key contributor in the U.S.to climate change. His plan restricted greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Indeed, the White House press release for the new regulation does not contain a single mention of climate change or global warming.

The EPA estimates the new plan will save $400 million in compliance cost and will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 percent by 2030. The Obama plan says 1,500 and 3,600 premature deaths would be avoided.

EPA estimates that by 2030, the measure could cause 48,000 new cases of exacerbated asthma, and at least 21,000 new missed days of school a year.

The Trump proposal may open a small window for a revival of coal even as it prolongs uncertainty over the US electricity mix and casts doubt on investments by utilities making decades-long choices about new plants and upgrades.

A reduction in carbon dioxide emissions would go hand-in-hand with a reduction in soot and smog-forming materials from power plants.




"We have abundant legal authority to deal with those other pollutants directly, and we have aggressive programs in place that directly target emissions of those pollutants".

Why are they doing this?

Combined with the EPA's proposal earlier this month to ease mileage requirements for vehicles, the move may actually increase the country's climate-changing emissions, according to some former top EPA officials, environmental groups, and other opponents. Rather, it should help upgrade individual power plants and leave the energy mix down to the states.

The Obama administration used a new reading of the Clean Air Act to implement the new and expansive rules.

The lie is obvious - Trump has been preying on the fears of struggling Appalachian communities for years now by pledging to save the failing coal industry, wasting time and political capital that instead should have been spent on providing an economic transition for coal-impacted communities.

The move is just the latest effort by the Trump administration to revive an ailing coal industry and strip climate change-fighting regulations established by the Obama administration.

"Beyond that, we are in a critical period with regard to addressing climate change", he said in an emailed statement.

The bigger picture of the livability of the planet looms ominously.

Even under the administration plan, power sector emissions will continue to decline. He also announced his intention to withdraw the us from the Paris climate agreement.

It also would overhaul the triggers that prompt new permit reviews - and potentially expensive new pollution controls - that have been criticized as onerous by owners of power plants, refineries and other industrial sites.

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