efforts to combat climate change.

The United States' Environment Protection Agency (EPA) issued the proposal, even though its own technical analysis clearly states it would increase pollution.

In talking points obtained by E&E News, the administration says the EPA's own analysis shows "the proposal could reduce 2030 Carbon dioxide emissions by 0.7% to 1.5% from projected levels" under a business as usual scenario compared to 2005.

"President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy is a strong step away from the Obama administration's heavy-handed attitude that Washington knows best", Hyde-Smith said. The proposed rule is far narrower than the Obama plan, which sought to cut emissions across the power sector rather than only at individual plants.


The Affordable Clean Energy Rule was announced by President Trump during a visit to West Virginia, a major coal state.

Mr Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump's acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Monday signed a proposal to scrap environmental restrictions on power plants and leave much of the regulation of the industry to states. "And, together, we won an historic stay from the Supreme Court of the United States - stopping the so-called 'Clean Power Plan.'" Certain death, too. 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.

"Projections are that without these Obama-era regulations that we'll go from double-digit increases, to actually rates going down over the next decade or so", said David Avella, chairman of GOPAC, which is primarily engaged in training Republican candidates for office.

The coal industry argued that expensive upgrades have led to the shutting down of power plants.


The Nebraska Public Power District, which still relies heavily on coal in power production, was in the process of reading and digesting the rule, spokesman Mark Becker said Tuesday. Instead, it would leave regulatory authority for power-plant emissions to the states. The Clean Power Plan, along with a companion rule applicable to new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, would set limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can emit. The utility's legal team and administrators hope to share some impressions of the rule and what it might mean during NPPD's September board meeting, Becker said. It says the new plan would act legally and provide more flexibility to the states.

The agency also noted that the new regulations would "increase emissions of carbon dioxide" and "increase the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health".

One of the key differences between the Trump rule and the Obama one is the lack of pollution goals.


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