The EPA said the plan could reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 33 or 34 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels and provide $400 million (€345 million) in annual net benefits.
The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan has been put on hold since 2016 after pro-coal states and industry challenged it in the courts. Under the new proposal, states would have the authority to craft their own plans for how to reduce emissions at the power plant level, largely by striving to make plants more efficient with heat rate improvements.
Now, the new rule gives states more authority to decide on emissions standards with the help of federal guidelines and relaxes CPP standards, according to a written statement from the EPA.
The EPA estimates the new plan will save $400 million in compliance cost and will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 percent by 2030. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would be changing the rule, but the proposed change hasn't been published yet, and the EPA must allow at least 60 days for public comment before releasing a final rule.
"We have worked hard in DE to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and partner with other states in addressing pollution that feeds rapid climate change", he said.
"States will have a lot more time to submit their plans".
"This seems to be driven by the economics as far as the coal industry versus solving the problem", he said. Out West, where we don't use much coal, the effect will be negligible.
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Scientists say that without extensive study, they can not directly link a single weather event to climate change, but that it is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme events such as storms, droughts, floods and wildfires.
In a press conference, Inslee said President Trump's proposal is a deadly coal plan that will expose Washingtonians to deadly air, and that the president has sold out children's health to the coal industry.
Democratic state attorneys general and environmental groups are sure to sue the Trump administration over the proposal, on the grounds that it doesn't adequately address greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal. "Senator Byrd had a coal powered plan fueling the Capitol, you know I [unintelligible] that's gonna go, with all due respect to West Virginia we're not gonna have a coal power plant floating around".
Before it was finalized, IN and several other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan.
It's not clear how many coal power plant owners might take advantage of the opening to improve their facilities, amid stiff competition from cheap natural gas and with no hint of price relief on the horizon. "We're hopeful and we don't see any reason that would serve as a barrier to investment and the future of coal, coal mining coal-fired plants". Critics say it is a blow to clean air. Major utilities have committed to reducing carbon emissions, and aren't likely to switch back to coal anytime soon.
President Trump rolled back Obama's fuel efficiency rules earlier this month.