Trump administration to end Obama's clean power plan

Tuesday, 10 Oct, 2017

Boosting the average global efficiency rate of coal-fired plants from 33 percent to 40 percent would remove the equivalent of India's annual Carbon dioxide emissions. The initiative helped cut emissions to 79.2 million tons previous year and are on course to reach 2030 target. But he says revoking the Clean Power Plan could set the state back in ramping up renewable energy like wind and solar. "Where it would have required some policy intervention in Pennsylvania was toward the end of the compliance period, to get to the 33 percent reduction".

"Rather than positioning America in the global clean energy marketplace, the administration will stand on the sidelines", USC said in a statement. "Things change. Economies change", Boldman said.

"It is a bit of a political theater", said Jeremy Nichols, climate and energy director at WildEarth Guardians, said of the EPA announcement. "By saving an estimated 240 million tons of annual coal production, the administrator's action helps to safeguard more than 27 000 mining jobs and nearly 100 000 additional jobs throughout the supply chain".

What is the Clean Power Plan?

States then develop and implement plans that ensure that the power plants in their state - either individually, together or in combination with other measures - achieve the interim Carbon dioxide emissions performance rates over the period of 2022 to 2029 and the final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates, rate-based goals or mass-based goals by 2030.

"Even if they repeal the Clean Power Plan, or replace it with something that doesn't require us to do very much, you still have to reckon with the fact that ultimately regulations on carbon are coming", the chairman of the Arkansas Public Service commission, Ted J. Thomas, told The New York Times.

Pruitt announced his intentions Monday in Kentucky, where he declared that the "war against coal is over", according to the Washington Post. "And that is wrong". The state also contains the largest wind farm in the Southeastern U.S., and there are no major coal production plants in NC now. Twenty-seven states joined the challenge, which is still pending.

Dennis Molesevich Sr., co-owner of Molesevich General Construction Co. and Atlas Anthracite, both based in Atlas, said his business does a small amount of home heating, but mostly sells the anthracite coal to companies using it in steel, water filtration and a type of fuel called hydrate diesel.

The state's largest coal industry trade group praised the announcement, saying it would protect coal jobs in the state.

The final rule is the result of unprecedented outreach to states, tribes, utilities, stakeholders and the public, including more than 4.3 million comments EPA received on the proposed rule. This would ensure continued affordable, reliable power in the USA and aid the proliferation of smarter, cleaner plants overseas.

But, while some environmental groups decried the rollback as an affront to climate change policy, others said deregulation will not be enough to save an industry that is no longer viable. Shamokin Carbons is a leading global manufacturer of carbon and graphite products for many major industries including steel, glass, aerospace and semi-conductors. The plan would have forced coal-fired power plants to cut carbon emissions significantly and was a big part of the United States' commitments to the Paris Accord on Climate Change - something Trump has criticized as a job killer.