The Trump-Wheeler Polluting Power Plan: Five Key Takeaways

President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Aug. 20 2018

Former President Barack Obama once called the Clean Power Plan enacted during his administration "the single-most important step America has ever taken to fight climate change". Harvard University researchers estimated that the repeal of Obama's Clean Power Plan could lead to 36,000 deaths over a decade, as a result of poor air quality.

The EPA said the new rule would allow states to develop plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired plants. Republican attorneys general and coal industry groups filed lawsuits to block the plan, calling it an overreach of federal power, and in 2016 the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to halt its enforcement.

A 289-page EPA report released Tuesday provides details on the impact of the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which would reverse Obama-era cuts to power plant carbon pollution. It would reduce coal-fired power plant emissions by between 0.7 percent and 1.5 percent by 2030.

EPA's 236-page proposal is open for a public comment period, with a final rule expected later this year.

Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the Trump administration's plan would likely increase greenhouse gas emissions while doing nothing to change the long-term shift away from coal.

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The Trump administration's proposed changes would make it harder to trigger the requirement by adding an additional test: insisting that emissions also go up on a short-term, hourly basis - in addition to the annual surge.

Trump has already vowed to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement as he pushes to revive the coal industry.

The EPA can regulate those "straight up", Wehrum told reporters on a conference call. "We've got the cleanest country in the planet right now", Trump said.

Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, praised the rule and predicted it would accomplish "the goals that both the Obama administration set and those folks who are concerned about climate change want to achieve".

The United States' Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued the proposal, even though its own technical analysis clearly states it would increase pollution.

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In a press conference, Inslee said President Trump's proposal is a deadly coal plan that will expose Washingtonians to deadly air, and that the president has sold out children's health to the coal industry. Washingtonians deserve clean air to breathe.

"We're not gonna have a coal power plant floating around", Pelosi said during a discussion about energy policy at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. 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.

Goldfuss also argues the new plan props up the coal industry over American innovation in wind, solar and other renewable energy sources.

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

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