Trump emissions plan could dirty Minnesota's air, but energy transition continues

Trump emissions plan could dirty Minnesota's air, but energy transition continues

The Obama-proposed Clean Power Plan, which ACE replaces, was a dramatic federal overreach with rules so restrictive that building a new coal-fired power plant would have been impossible and retrofitting an existing plant would have been prohibitively expensive.

The Trump administration is planning to roll back the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule meant to decrease greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector. Trump's plan would allow states to set their own coal plant regulations, while removing incentives to move to renewable energy sources or natural gas.

The new proposal, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would roll back former President Barack Obama's efforts to combat climate change.

On the campaign trail in 2016, Trump promised to repeal Obama's rule, called the Clean Power Plan.

For the sake of stretching out the lifespan of some aging coal-fired power plants and propping up the declining coal industry, the Trump plan misses out on the health benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 19 percent, sulfur oxides by 24 percent, nitrogen oxides by 22 percent, and mercury by 16 percent.

The coal industry argued that expensive upgrades have led to the shutting down of power plants.

In the ACE proposal, the Trump administration has detailed several different ways states can go about regulating coal-fired power plants, as well as what the health-related consequences would look like in each scenario. The states claimed that the EPA was overstepping its bounds and doesn't have the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal under the Clean Air Act.

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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.

States would have three years from the time the rule takes effect to develop thier plans - a much longer time frame than the nine months the Clean Power Plan allowed for states to implement regulations.

The increase in pollutants is also expected to bring up to 96,000 new cases of exacerbated asthma by 2030, the EPA's figures show.

"That's a test created to never be triggered", said John Walke, clean air director at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"We do what makes the most sense for our customers", says Bruske. I refuse to accept the idea that we have to choose between clean air and clean drinking water and good jobs. "We simply must greatly lower emissions of carbon dioxide and methane from energy producers, and do so soon".

"We're the only country in the world doing this, looking at coal as the future instead of understanding the future is about clean air, the future is about clean energy", Gina McCarthy, who served as EPA administrator under Obama, told CNN. It would give states more power to set their own standards and attempt to bolster the ailing coal industry.

Alana Austin, of the Gray D.C. Bureau, interviews the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, also known as the EPA, about the new standards for states.

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