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The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion wants to re­move a key bar­rier to con­struct­ing new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. -- but don’t ex­pect any util­i­ties to ac­tu­ally build them.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency on Thurs­day pro­posed eas­ing Obama-era lim­its on car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from new and mod­i­fied coal power plants, in­clud­ing a change that would re­move a de facto re­quire­ment to use ex­pen­sive car­bon-cap­ture tech­nol­ogy at the sites.

The car­bon-cap­ture re­quire­ment EPA is seek­ing to re­move is one ob­sta­cle to build­ing coal power plants, though eco­nomic and mar­ket re­al­i­ties have cre­ated much higher hur­dles that an­a­lysts say will en­dure no mat­ter what the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion does.

“We don’t see the EPA’s roll­back of car­bon cap­ture tech­nol­ogy and stor­age re­quire­ments spark­ing any new coal plant open­ings in the fore­see­able fu­ture,” said Toby Shea, vice pres­i­dent at Moody’s In­vestors Ser­vice.

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