Trump rolls back Obama Rule on Coal Emissions

Posted by Susan Phillips on

The Trump Administration has rolled back one of President Obama’s signature climate policies designed to cut coal emissions. The new rule would help struggling coal power plants remain open. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports on the decision’s effect on efforts to cut carbon emissions.  

Obama’s Clean Power Plan set national carbon emissions standards. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the replacement, known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule, gives that power to the states.

“That means cleaner and more affordable energy for the American public.”

Pennsylvania is the third largest coal producing state in the country. But coal generated electricity plants have struggled to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables.

Coal burning power plants are a major cause of global warming. Clean Air Council executive director Joe Minott says the move will not only slow progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“And also more particulate pollutants and sulfur dioxide and pollutants that will have an immediate effect on people’s health.”

The Trump Administration rule is expected to face court challenges. Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania.

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