How The Rule Replacing The Clean Power Plan Might Affect Indiana

How The Rule Replacing The Clean Power Plan Might Affect Indiana

President Donald Trump's administration announced a plan on Tuesday, August 21, to weaken regulations on United States coal plants, giving a boost to an industry that former leader Barack Obama had hoped to phase out to cut harmful emissions that drive global warming. While the ACE rule proposal is likely to be welcomed by coal energy producers, a large degree of uncertainty remains as key stakeholders, including environmental groups, industry leaders, and state regulators, continue to monitor and attempt to influence the final rule.

The EPA announced Tuesday that it plans to replace President Barack Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan, his signature climate policy. The Supreme Court put the brakes on it in 2016 after energy-producing states sued the EPA, saying it had exceeded its legal reach. The Trump administration proposes minor efficiency improvements at coal-burning plants and will permit states to ease pollution rules for plants that require upgrades, meaning they will remain open longer.

According to the EPA's announcement, the new rule will replace the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which it describes as "overly prescriptive and burdensome". In a release, the EPA says the Affordable Clean Energy Rule "empowers states, promotes energy independence, and facilitates economic growth and job creation".

The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will instead hold two public hearings on the proposal, known as the SAFE Vehicles Rule, in Pittsburgh and Fresno, Calif. on September 21 and 24 respectively. We're going to have more asthma. "The coal industry is back".

Those numbers are not addressed in the EPA's new report.

"The court found that greenhouse gases are an air pollutant without a doubt, and can be, and must be regulated by the Clean Air Act", Sherman said, explaining the legal history of the regulations.

The EPA said price of electricity is expected to drop by a half a percent at the most by 2025 under the new rule. We've seen how climate change is impacting Lake Erie, with algae blooms causing a water crisis for the communities that depend on it.

"The fingerprints of the coal industry are all over this plan", Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

When asked about environmental concerns that coal will make the environment less safe, and that more people could die as a result of less regulation, Avella acknowledged the concern was fair. I refuse to accept the idea that we have to choose between clean air and clean drinking water and good jobs. The governors from both states have pledged to add more clean energy resources, including solar and offshore wind, to their renewable energy portfolios. In Michigan, it's unclear whether utilities or the Department of Environmental Quality would seek less stringent air-pollution controls for state's 15 coal-fired power plants.

According to TVA officials, it's already took preemptive steps to reduce emissions.

An analysis of the Clean Power Plan showed it would have forced retiring coal-based generating capacity capable of serving 24 million homes, and costing consumers an estimated additional $214 billion for electricity between 2022 and 2030.

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