NY fires up support for Powering Past Coal Alliance
Aug 23 2018 by Elias Hubbard
The EPA said it "empowers states, promotes energy independence, and facilitates economic growth and job creation". "The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over", Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote in an op-ed in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.
This includes suggesting ways that individual states might regulate power plants. Downwind states, Howarth said in a statement, are particularly vulnerable to the choices of their upwind counterparts, who determine their air quality: Pollution levels in NY, for example, could be determined by decision made in Pennsylvania, or Ohio.
It is in the situation the agency considers most likely to occur where the premature death toll would increase, as would heart and lung disease and chronic problems like asthma and bronchitis.
Thornton said MPCA officials are still looking at the details of the new rule before deciding whether or how Minnesota should respond. He said he believes that local control is always better but that states could make agreements to deal jointly with matters such as air quality, in which one state's actions can affect those around it. Under every scenario the EPA ran, it found the proposed ACE rule would cost Americans at least $1.4 billion a year more than it saved, when compared with simply leaving the Clean Power Plan alone. We're going to have more cancer.
"I was elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh", Trump said at the time, "not Paris".
The EPA said the plan could reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by 33 or 34 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels and provide $400 million (€345 million) in annual net benefits.
After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants.
Conrad Schneider, advocacy director for the Clean Air Task Force, agreed that the changes that will be allowed under Trump's new rules will amount to "essentially replacing worn out equipment, which will allow these plants to run longer and harder and to create more pollution". "We're driving carbon emissions out of our systems".
The move would dismantle a signature piece of President Barack Obama's efforts to address climate change. North Dakota has seven coal-fired power plants, he said, and the state ranked ninth in coal production in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The Clean Power Plan prompted dozens of states to sue for federal overreach and the U.S. Supreme Court put the regulations on hold.