Trump's rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers
Apr 07 2017 by Cristina Jennings
Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody Energy executives told White House officials over the last few weeks that staying in the climate deal may give USA negotiators a change to advocate for coal in the future, Reuters reported Tuesday.
Trump's executive orderalso should nullify the Obama-era EPA carbon dioxide performance standards for new power plants.
"With today's executive action, I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations", Trump said after signing the order. Thanks largely to the impending closure of more coal plants, MI would have surpassed its emissions-reductions targets under the Clean Power Plan and been able to sell credits to other states that fell short, according to a 2016 study by the Electric Power Research Institute.
What's frightening here, of course, is the prospect of Canada following the lead of a breathtakingly ignorant USA president who has said man-made climate change is a hoax. To meet the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement the USA needs to achieve a 13% decrease in emissions on 2014 levels. US President Donald Trump's executive order overturning much of what his predecessor had promised can't come in its way as market dynamics will continue to push the US to a clean energy economy, a New York-based environmental advocacy group has said. Coal's decline stems mostly from relentless economic causes.
Wood also served as environmental counsel for former Sen.
Trump recently lifted a moratorium on coal leases on federal lands and has relaxed environmental regulations protecting our air and water from coal mine pollution. In fact, of the 27 states which sued to block the Clean Power Plan, at least 21 were on a path to meet those goals by 2030.
We didn't hear how Trump plans to move America's energy platform forward with fossil fuels as the centerpiece. But that fractional rise comes at a huge cost to the global movement to address climate change. Second, by swapping coal for cleaner natural gas.
A report released Thursday from Clean Energy Canada, a think-tank at Simon Fraser University, refers to China as "a clean energy behemoth with over half-a-trillion dollars invested in renewable energy in the last five years alone". But few would argue that the future of American energy is coal. They say utilities have little incentive to burn coal and neither do many countries that could import US coal.
Investment, power production and employment are moving to renewable energy.
In the end, Trump's decision to end the previous administration's so-called Clean Power Plan will help to re-energize our economy.
But if Trump does put Americans back in the mines, it is worth knowing how he will protect them from the dangers of their work. "So even if we saw an increase in coal production, we could see a decrease in coal jobs".