EPA Unveils Plan to Undo Obama-Era Restrictions on Coal-Fired Power Plants

First off, here is a statement by David Arkush, Managing Director, Public Citizen’s Climate Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule.  This rule is the one which would remove critical restrictions on coal-fired power plants.  If the plants “intend” to cut carbon emissions.

Under President Donald Trump’s new plan, state governments that are captive to coal barons will be able to force consumers to subsidize dirty, dangerous coal extraction that can’t compete on the marketplace with natural gas and renewables. Like so many of Trump’s policies, it harms the many to benefit the few. This latest scam aims to transfer billions from the poor and middle class to a few Trump cronies and invite unspeakable harm to the U.S. by accelerating, rather than mitigating, climate change.

As I wrote in 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) THEN released the Clean Power Plan.  It’s a rule that sets state-specific targets for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

Energy efficiency programs are generally two to three times cheaper to implement than generating power from traditional sources, and have additional benefits, such as lower utility bills for customers and businesses and local job creation, according to research from ACEEE. This is confirmed in EPA economic analysis, which shows energy efficiency as a key element in efforts to keep the cost of today’s rule down.

In conclusion, climate catastrophe is frighteningly imminent. But we have excellent solutions to prevent the worst if we act quickly and aggressively. The administration’s actions are a devastating setback for the U.S. and the world. He went further to say the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule is part of a long parade of horrors, Finally, he believes Trump’s efforts to boost greenhouse gas pollution stand out as his most terrible crime against humanity.

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Aug. 21, 2018