Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1400 people per year

What has the Trump administration done? The organisation's clean energy director Dylan Voorhees said it would be particularly bad for people living in ME because the state gets pollution from upwind power plants. The plan was halted by the U.S. supreme court in 2016 and has never come into force. This - the plan published on Tuesday - is that something.

"By comparison, current EPA officials say the Affordable Clean Energy rule would "[fulfill] President Trump's goal of energy dominance".

The Environmental Protection Agency says the move "promotes energy independence".

But many other states - including 14 that sued to block the Obama Clean Power Plan - will be able to write their own rules for coal-fired power plants. "(The Trump plan) would do very little for the climate, and it would have a negative impact on human health". About 93% of the coal produced in the U.S.is used in power plants.

Now, the new rule gives states more authority to decide on emissions standards with the help of federal guidelines and relaxes CPP standards, according to a written statement from the EPA. Coal's share of the energy market will grow slightly. "We feel like the EPA proposal now is based on a correct reading of the Clean Air Act". The new plan, the Gazette-Mail notes, gives plants an "incentive to stay open longer", but that won't last long. But models provided by the agency estimate that under the Trump plan, 300 to 1,500 premature deaths would be avoided a year by 2030. "The EPA is simply attempting to reverse that trend in favor of old, dirty coal plants".

"This proposal would also result in more pollution from nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury and other harmful pollutants", he added.

Why are they doing this? But the Supreme Court put the plan on hold in 2016, and it never went into effect.

"We're not gonna have a coal power plant floating around", Pelosi said during a discussion about energy policy at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco.

"If the administration is honest about wanting to help coal miners, they should help coal communities diversify their local economies and provide transition assistance and worker retraining", he said. In a letter to Wheeler, Cuomo called the proposal "a shameless and misguided giveaway to the fossil fuel industry and its lobbyists". His boss, Andrew Wheeler, is a former coal lobbyist. The intent of the Clean Power Plan was to choose winners and losers with the nation's energy generation - and to the detriment of states such as IN that use coal as a main source of electricity. And a year ago Trump announced that he would pull the USA out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.

The bigger picture of the livability of the planet looms ominously.

Power plants and regulators have endured a kind of whiplash for years, as federal rules to clean up emissions have been on - and then off - repeatedly for more than a decade.

An EPA statement calls the Obama plan "burdensome". By implication, both analyses shed light on the Trump Administration's aggressiveness on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially carbon. And it may not be enough to save many coal plants.

  • Carolyn Briggs