Clean Power Plan Revised as EPA Challenges Climate Plan

Clean Power Plan Revised as EPA Challenges Climate Plan

Is energy independence more important than clean energy in the U.S.? The EPA has rolled back a plan that limited coal-fired power plant emissions.

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During the Obama years, a climate change plan for coal miners was introduced known as the Obama Clean Power Plan (CPP). This would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, claiming to have prevented life threatening deaths caused by coal mining, and contributed to the climate crisis by 32% compared to previous years, according to CNN.

Recently, President Trump has made it a priority to change the plan and created another plan called the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which allows states to make their own carbon emissions standards for coal-fired power plants.

The new change was praised by Andrew Wheeler, an EPA administrator who called Obama’s previous CPP plan an overreach as, “The CPP would have asked low- and middle-income Americans to bear the cost of the previous administration’s climate plan,” Wheeler said. “It also hurts the competitiveness of American businesses.” The EPA is also being praised for regulators who called Obama’s plans “burdensome regulations” from the federal government.

The opposition, however, have claimed that they will sue, calling the EPA “dirty power” and claims the main focus of the CPP is wanting to protect Americans from the “increasingly disastrous impacts of climate change,” as stated by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Connecticut state’s Attorney General William Tong agrees and claims, “There is no serious debate– climate change is a severe threat and we ignore science at our own peril.”

Gina McCarthy who finalized the CPP plan under Obama states, “I do not dispute any administration coming in with different policies, but the challenge I think we’re facing is they are really changing the rules of the road and not using sound science, they are not looking at cost benefits. They are trying to inflate the cost and lower the benefits in order to justify rules that simply don’t make sense under the law.”

Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, however claims that the EPA plan “understands that we can have smart environmental regulations and protect coal jobs and our economy at the same time.” The story as well as the debate continue to unravel.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Is energy independence more important than clean energy in the U.S.? The EPA has rolled back a plan that limited coal-fired power plant emissions.

Totals
90% Yes, it’s crucial
10% No, health suffers
Males
90% Yes, it’s crucial
10% No, health suffers
Females
91% Yes, it’s crucial
9% No, health suffers

Yes, it’s crucial

No, health suffers


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