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11.10.2017 13:57
U.S. formally proposes scrapping Obama's carbon-cutting plan
This step is part of Trump’s pre-election promises to revive the coal industry and boost domestic fossil fuel outut
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The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed on Tuesday to scrap the agency’s Obama-era plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, as the Trump administration seeks to slash fossil fuel regulation, Reuters reported. The move is part of Republican President Donald Trump’s plan to revive the coal industry and boost domestic fossil fuel output. His administration has promised to reduce regulations on coal and drilling, which tend to be in states that form part of Trump’s voter base.
 
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a notice that the agency intended to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which it said relied on controversial calculations of economic costs and benefits. The Clean Power Plan was finalized in 2015 but never came into effect. Last year, the Supreme Court put the brakes on it after energy-producing states complained the EPA had exceeded its legal reach.
 
Ending the plan could save up to $33 billion in compliance costs in coming years, it said. But environmentalists and other supporters of the plan said Pruitt’s cost estimates “cooked the book” and did not fully consider billions of dollars in savings from reduced medical bills that would result from steep cuts in pollution from coal. The estimate also did not fully consider the future damage done from carbon emissions and the costs of U.S. carbon pollution abroad, critics say.
 
In their announcement, EPA remind that in the beginning of this year Trump signed an Executive Order on Energy Independence, establishing a national policy in favor of energy independence, economic growth, and the rule of law. That same day, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed four Federal Register notices in response to the EO, including a formal announcement of review of the Clean Power Plan. After substantial review, the Agency has proposed to determine that the Clean Power Plan (CPP) must be repealed.
 
The plan had sought to reduce emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Pruitt said the plan went beyond the law by forcing plants to take action to cut emissions not just at the plants but also “outside the fence line” - for instance, by investing in renewable energy.
 

TAGS: USA | Trump | coal | electricity | emissions | greenhouse gases 


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