New York's attorney general says the state will sue to block the Trump administration's rollback of an Obama-era rule created to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution.
Administration officials said the announcement fulfills one of President Donald Trump's campaign promises to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which they say went out of EPA's authority to close down coal-fired power plants. He noted the fossil fuel's continued use by nations such as India and China and America's role as a technology leader. "Other states, like West Virginia, would probably cut a deal that would keep as many plants running as possible". With the costs of wind, solar power and energy storage falling, the US should double down on clean energy, instead of trying to prop up costly and polluting forms of energy.
But it's unclear how much the industry can benefit, as it faces competition from cheap natural gas and renewable sources. Legal challenges from at least six states and multiple environmental groups are expected.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the new rule would give "dirty special interests the green light to choke our skies, poison our waters and worsen the climate crisis", while Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer described it as "a huge step backward in the decades-long effort to protect our planet and Earth's precious resources".
The Trump administration has finalized its biggest climate policy rollback requiring the US Power sector to cut back its 2030 carbon emissions 35% over 2005 levels, or less than half what environmentalists say is needed to prevent catastrophic warming of the planet.
The St. Clairsville-based Murray Energy coal mining company applauded the new rule, and said all its coal operations would benefit "because it sets reasonable carbon dioxide emission standards that do not force the premature retirement of more coal-fired generating units".
Burning of fossil fuels for electricity, transportation and heat is the main human source of heat-trapping carbon emissions.
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"The CPP would have asked low- and middle-income Americans to bear the cost of the previous administration's climate plan", Wheeler said.
Trump promised early in his presidency to kill the Clean Power Plan as part of an effort to revive the ailing coal industry, contending it exceeded the federal government's authority. Trump's overhaul is meant to let states "figure out what is best for their mission in terms of meeting modern environmental standards" and providing affordable energy, she said.
"The mercury rule regulates power plants under 112", said Ebell, who served on the Trump transition team for EPA.
With his plan, Trump might be able to tell his supporters in coal country that he has ended Obama's nonexistent war on coal, but it won't actually put coal miners back to work or do anything to help former miners. State Farm Mutual that in rescinding a regulation, the agency must provide a reasoned analysis, "for the change beyond that which may be required when an agency does not act in the first instance". Critics argued that it was aimed more at bringing down the coal industry than achieving significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. "Utilities will examine energy efficiency projects at the coal-fired power plants and propose to implement cost-effective projects within a specified time period that will be reviewed by the state and, if approved by the state, sent to U.S. EPA for concurrence".
"This is an immoral and an illegal attack on clean air, clean energy, and the health of the public, and it shows just how heartless the Trump administration is when it comes to appeasing its polluter allies", said Michael Brune, head of the USA environmental group Sierra Club.
Beyond Carbon, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new initiative to shut down all USA coal plants by 2030, acknowledged the damage that could be done by the Trump administration's plan while also arguing that it could not stop the national shift away from fossil fuels.