Trump administration to roll back Obama clean power rule

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While the Obama White House directed agencies to consider global climate impacts as a part of their social cost of carbon measurement, the Trump White House has told them to focus only on impacts within USA borders.

The move is seen as a major victory for the coal industry.

The plan was also an integral part of the commitment USA officials made as part of the 2015 Paris Climate Accords, for which some 200 countries committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and from which President Trump has said he plans to withdraw.

But according to U.S. media, a leaked draft of the repeal proposal disputes the health benefits touted by the previous administration.

The EPA said it has not yet determined whether or when it will propose a new rule to regulate emissions from existing power plants.

Despite the EPA's decision under Trump, Bruce Ho of the NRDC said that the governors of the nine states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) will continue to cut emissions at their states' power plants by 30 percent by 2030-building on the Initiative's achievement of cutting emissions to 79.2 million tons last year-already reaching their earlier 2030 target. Under his blueprint, states would set emissions standards after a detailed unit-by-unit analysis, looking at what reductions are possible given "the engineering limits of each facility". It was put on hold by the Supreme Court in 2016 to allow litigation against it to proceed.

"If Administrator Pruitt plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, that would be a complete abdication of EPA's legal responsibility to protect our children's lungs from risky smokestack pollution and their homes from climate-destabilizing extreme weather", Environmental Defense Fund president Fred Krupp said last week.

The clean power plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. They just would cost more. "They're using stall tactics to defer action, ignoring the courts and the demands of the American people".

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The planned repeal of the Clean Power Plan has sparked outrage among environmental groups.

But trade organizations like the National Association of Manufacturers, which participated in a legal challenge to the plan, praised it. "Slashing climate policy is par for the course in the Trump administration, but we won't let it go unchallenged".

The new plan will save an estimated 240 million tons of annual coal production and safeguard more than 27,000 mining jobs and nearly 100,000 additional jobs throughout the supply chain, he said.

In March, Trump signed an executive order calling for a review of the EPA, but Monday's announcement marks the agency's first formal step to eliminate the regulation.

The EPA has not, as was widely expected, issued a revised, weaker version of the Clean Power Plan.

EPA will receive a flood of public comments on its plans to repeal the rule, which agency officials will pore over in the coming months.

"I am proud to lead the coalition of states and localities defending the Clean Power Plan in federal court", he said in a statement.

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