Colstrip's Future Still Uncertain After End Of Clean Power Plan

Colstrip's Future Still Uncertain After End Of Clean Power Plan

During a press conference Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said he would sign a proposed rule to "withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration", on Tuesday.

The Clean Power Plan was expected to hurt coal producers, the "losers" in Pruitt's synopsis, but the Obama administration said the plan would reduce America's reliance on highly polluting coal in favor of cleaner fuels.

When it was implemented two years ago, the policy had been a key component of former President Barack Obama's campaign against climate change.

Pruitt made the announcement in coal country, "People want to know that the EPA is no longer in the business of picking winners and losers or trying to use regulations to declare war on a certain sector of the economy".

The Clean Power Plan was originally created to reduce greenhouse gas admissions from the power sector, in an effort to reduce climate-warming pollution. The emission reductions would be achieved by improving the efficiency of power companies and increasing their use of clean energy, which industry leaders claimed might not be feasible.

The North Dakota Department of Health suspended work on a state plan to comply with the EPA regulation after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked its implementation in early 2016.

"I'd a said, this is what's gonna take our plants down is the Clean Power Plan", he says.

The Clean Power Plan, which focused on cutting emissions from coal-burning power plants, was a major target of the current administration's regulatory rollbacks.

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. If the RGGI states can generate these benefits by cutting carbon, so can other states, which is precisely what EPA's original Clean Power Plan analysis showed.

Under section 111 (d) of the Clean Air Act, the EPA also intends to regulate Carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. "They're also doing the smart thing to protecting their consumers because right now solar and wind energy is becoming more and more efficient; it's becoming more and more affordable for folks".

"Carbon pollution contributes to climate change and warmer air and water temperatures that cause extreme weather events like Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria to be more deadly and more destructive", they said in a statement. The Supreme Court has ruled that the agency is obligated to come up with an alternative plan for the Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is so eager to scrap altogether.

In contrast, climate advocates and many think tanks and academics say Trump and Pruitt are simply wrong to argue that shifting to cleaner sources of energy would wreck the USA economy.

Environmental advocacy groups quickly blasted Pruitt's decision, with many vowing to fight the measure in court.

"It's Congress that passes legislation that gives us direction, that gives us our orders as far as how we administer the statute", Pruitt said Monday.

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