The Trump administration has rolled back a landmark Obama-era effort targeting coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. "Rather than Washington telling Americans what type of energy they can use, or how they can travel, or even what they can eat, we are working cooperatively with the states to provide an affordable, dependable and diverse supply of energy that continues to get cleaner and more efficient".
There's no denying "fossil fuels will continue to be an important part of the mix", Wheeler said.
Rep. Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania Republican, called Mr. Obama's initiative the "Coal Punishment Plan". And in some areas, new plants are being supplemented with wind power, thanks to federal tax credits that make the investment in them viable.
Analysis from Ceres this week showed generation of zero-carbon resources surpassed coal and gas individually in the U.S for the first time in 2017 - though gas and coal combined still made up over half the country's generation.
The hallmarks of the ACE rule are the appropriate "point source" approach for regulating emissions and the appropriate rebalancing of federal and state regulatory roles. OH was among a group of states that filed legal challenges against the Obama administration rule.
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US economic data has also been choppy, with a weak recent jobs report and signs the manufacturing sector is slowing. Clarida said there was "broad agreement" that the case for rate increases had grown stronger in recent weeks.
Emissions from US power plants fell 27% between 2005 and 2017, as power companies retired coal plants in favor of natural gas and renewable energy.
Burning of fossil fuels for electricity, transportation and heat is the main human source of heat-trapping carbon emissions. "Step three, once the state plan is submitted the EPA will have 12 months to approve it", said Wheeler.
Borden said the EPA itself lists reasons why the new plan will be harmful to the environment.
The Affordable Clean Energy rule is expected to face court challenges. Trump's overhaul is meant to let states "figure out what is best for their mission in terms of meeting modern environmental standards" and providing affordable energy, she said.
Pelosi says in a statement that climate change is "the existential threat of our time" and that the administration is ignoring scientific studies about climate change and yielding to special interests.
"This is another example of the president doing exactly what he said he would do when he ran for office", White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday. Despite his promise, market forces have frustrated Trump's efforts.
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US coal-plant closings have reached near record numbers in recent years owing to competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy.
The administration argues that Obama's EPA overstepped its legal authority in approving the Clean Power Plant rule.
Nearly immediately, environmental groups around the country and the world condemned the new plan. Environment Montana, based in Missoula said the plan send the country's energy policy in exactly the wrong direction.
Wheeler says the administration's repeal will lead investors to put money into more coal plants.
An Associated Press analysis Tuesday of federal air data showed US progress on cleaning the air may be stagnating after decades of improvement.
But to prevent any more attempts to regulate carbon nationally, Congress must reform and amend the Clean Air Act to foreclose the possibility of carbon emissions regulations.
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In June 2017, Trump announced that he was withdrawing the USA from the Paris Accord, a move that will not become effective until 2020 but which means virtually the end of all climate commitments according to which the U.S. had agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025. Eventually, the Supreme Court stayed the rule, so it was never actually implemented. Some companies are already on a glide path to meet the standards which were imposed by the Obama-era rule.