Why Trump’s plan to roll back carbon emission regulations could be deadly

Ignacio Smith
August 24, 2018

Under the Trump plan, EPA aims to make power plants more efficient to meet emissions goals.

Texas Republicans are cheering the Trump Administration's proposal to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

"It's possible that the market has moved so far that this plan isn't going to substantially slow down progress, but it's clearly not going to inspire anything", Thornton said. "But I'm getting rid of some of these ridiculous rules and regulations, which are killing our companies ... and our jobs".

The Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed Monday, calls for states to determine their own emission standards for coal-fired power plants, rather than the federal government.

The EPA has said the rule still would have the net effect of reducing carbon emissions from current levels.

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Even with that correction, the numbers are a significant drop from the agency's own earlier estimates about the additional deaths that would result from scrapping the plan. That would stop an Obama administration plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels for energy and increase alternative generating sources like solar and wind.

This includes suggesting ways that individual states might regulate power plants.

The headline-grabber from the report that was issued Tuesday: The new plan would result in between 470 and 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030. And with child hospitalizations from asthma here nearly double the state's overall rate, it stands to reason S.A. would experience more than its share of both.

In Kentucky, about one in 10 children and adults suffer from asthma, which is aggravated by air pollution.

"We're ending intrusive EPA regulations that kill jobs and raise the price of energy so quickly and so substantially", Trump said. Gov. Jim Justice said the rule was "a big win for West Virginia".

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Bob Herbert of Dover said he worries the Trump Administration's proposal could worsen air quality in Delaware. The agency projected a smaller drop in carbon dioxide levels than the Obama administration's regulation while saving the power sector $400 million a year in compliance costs.

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

"This day was only possible because of a bipartisan collection of state attorneys general who stood up to the Obama administration and filed repeated legal challenges to the blatant overreach of executive power". Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the plan "gives states the option to do just a little or absolutely nothing to reduce carbon pollution".

EPA's 236-page proposal is open for a public comment period, with a final rule expected later this year. However, Rauch argued that it would do nothing to stop climate change.

Rule proposes returning authority and flexibility to the states as they develop plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Critics say the new plan would allow utilities to run older, dirtier power plants more often and extend their operating life. Changing the Clean Power Plan is "an affront to people who want to breathe clean air".

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