EPA announces plan to make carbon emissions rule for new coal plants

A towboat pushing barges full of the Mississippi River past the coal-fired Sioux Power Plant in West Alton, Mo. (Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post) Brady Dennis Reporter focusing on environmental policy and public health issues Steven Mufson Reporter covering energy and other financial matters December 6 at 2:38 PM The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday would have forced new US coal plants to install carbon dioxide emissions, marking the latest effort by the Trump administration to repeal Obama-era climate regulations. Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wilson said that he was a member of the President of the United States. infeasible. Wheeler said the trump administration has been "high yet achievable standards that are rooted in reality," that would result in "leveling the playing field" for all types of fuels. "You will see a decrease in emissions," Wheeler argued, saying that U.S. investments would lead to new technologies. "The latest trump administration environmental rollback, if adopted, would have little real-world impact, both industry representatives and environmental activists said. Said David Doniger, a senior climate and energy policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, noting the low price of natural gas in recent years years has made coal less economically viable. Nevertheless, Doniger called the "head-in-the-sand" proposal to lead the coal industry for the development of the risks of climate change. "The science is telling us we drastically need to cut back on the emissions from fossil fuel combustion," Doniger said. "Any administration of reality would not be repealing this requirement, it would be looking at ways to extend it. . . They are going exactly backwards. "Jeff Holmstead, a partner at the law and energy lobbying firm Bracewell and former head of the EPA's air and radiation office, additionally, Holmstead said, The National Mining Association, however, said that it was a carbon dioxide emission. 33% to 40% by using the advanced high efficiency, low emission technology that exists could cut U.S. coal-plant emissions by up to 21 percent, "said Ashley Burke, a spokeswoman for the trade association. Building new coal plants would be expensive, however. Burke said companies would need subsidies in the form of tax incentives and loan guarantees. Last month, Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.) Proposed legislation that would provide loans and other incentives for the construction of new coal plants. But it does not mean that it will not be the same. "Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Said in a statement," This proposal is under the powerful force of the free market. Whitehouse, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said, "If the president cares about coal miners, he would start working on ways to help the industry work on the future." panel of UN Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming past preindustrial levels. Janet McCabe, who served as the EPA's, said "This is just one more step to public health and the health of the planet," said Janet McCabe acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation during the Obama administration McCabe called the emissions standards set during her watch "appropriate" and said the Trump administration will be able to defend it. "Sending a signal of minimal ambition, if any, it is the wrong direction to go when we say it," she said, calling it the latest signal of the administration's disregard for climate -related risks. "They've been giving nothing but this signal with the rule after rule after rule." The Energy Information Administration said this week that U.S. coal consumption had fallen to 40-year low. The agency said that the use of coal by the U.S. power sector will drop by 4 percent, or 691 million short tons, during 2018. Power generation in the United States will close down coal-fired power plants with 14.3 gigawatts of capacity this year, more than twice the 7 gigawatts of capacity retired in 2017 , according to S & P Global Market Intelligence. Another 22.9 gigawatts of coal plants are already scheduled for shutdown by 2024.

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