Trump's clean energy plan lowers costs for all Americans: EPA's Andrew Wheeler

Carlton Robbins
August 24, 2018

"But I'm getting rid of some of these ridiculous rules and regulations, which are killing our companies ... and our jobs".

The EPA estimates that the ACE rule could reduce 2030 Carbon dioxide emission by up to 1.5 percent from projected levels without the CPP, which amounts to taking 5.3 million cars off the road.

The projection is contained in a 289-page technical document accompanying the agency's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that was released Tuesday.

Environmentalists immediately called the new plan the "dirty power scam".

The coal industry welcomed the move, which follows attempts by the Trump administration to pare back emissions standards for vehicles and throw open more of America's lands and waters to mining and drilling. "We're cancelling Obama's illegal, anti-coal-destroying regulations - the so-called Clean Power Plan".

An analysis by the EPA last year showed the clean power plan would prevent about 4,500 premature deaths a year by 2030.

But perhaps more striking, the agency's analysis also finds the amount of coal produced in the U.S.is expected to drop, in some cases drastically.

The president said the new regulation, ACE, would "help our coal-fired power plants and save consumes, you, me, everybody, billions and billions of dollars".

The Clean Power Plan is the culmination of a decade-long effort to partner with states and cities to require mandatory cuts in the emissions of climate change pollution from fossil fuel-burning power plants under the Clean Air Act.

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The Trump administration unveiled a proposal on Monday to give states the ability to set the standards.

Earlier, EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler told reporters in a call: "The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over".

"An important part of what we're doing here is getting us back into our lane", Wehrum said.

"We have abundant legal authority to deal with those other pollutants directly, and we have aggressive programs in place that directly target emissions of those pollutants", Wehrum said. "DTE Energy is still on track to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and we're also setting a goal of reducing our methane emissions from our natural-gas utility operations by 80 percent by 2040".

The EPA will take public comments on the ACE rule for 60 days from when it's officially posted and hold a public hearing. However, Rauch argued that it would do nothing to stop climate change.

According to the agency estimations, the power sector's greenhouse gas emissions would continue to decline in coming years, but due mostly to market pressures.

Finalized in 2015, the plan would by 2030 reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants from about a third lower than 2005 levels. But it never took effect, because the Supreme Court halted it in 2016 after energy-producing states sued the EPA saying that it had exceeded its legal reach.

While coal accounts for about one-third of USA electricity production, the power industry has already in recent years shifted from coal to cleaner natural gas and renewables due to cheaper prices.

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