With the recent change of presidents, there have been a lot of updates to the policies that were in effect prior to this year, when Obama was leading the administration. It seems like every day we are learning about a new change. The latest one involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, announced that the Trump administration plans to roll back the Obama era regulation on coal-fired power plants.
“I’m here to make an announcement that’s very, very important for you. Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I’ll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the past administration and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule,” said Pruitt, while at an event in Kentucky.
The Clean Power Plan goal was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, particularly coal-burning plants, hoping to increase renewable energy resources. Late last year, states were responsible for submitting plans that involved their thoughts on emission reduction. These plans were submitted to the EPA. The constitutionality of the plan was challenged in court and in August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia gave the EPA 60 extra days to review the plan and submit their position before deciding on the legality of the rule.
“The president sent a message,” said Pruitt. “When you think about what that rule meant, that rule was really about picking winners and losers.”
Critics believe that repealing this regulation will make it unattainable to meet the carbon standards proposed in the Paris Climate Accord. Some states have opted to stay in the agreement, even though President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement earlier this year.
Commenters had mixed opinions on the change of regulation…
“Lower electric rates are a good thing. We do not need Climate Scientologist ideologues making our electric bills unaffordable.”
Some voiced their opinions on how it wouldn’t make much of a difference anyway…