EPA scales back Obama-era lim­its on coal

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency on Thurs­day pro­posed rolling back the Obama-era rules on coal-fired power plants, a key el­e­ment of the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion’s so-called “war on coal” that Pres­i­dent Trump has vowed to end.

The agency moved to scale back the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s 2015 Clean Air Act per­for­mance stan­dards on green­house gases from new, mod­i­fied and re­con­structed coal-pow­ered util­ity sta­tions, reg­u­la­tions that have been de­nounced as all but im­pos­si­ble to meet.

An­drew Wheeler, act­ing EPA ad­min­is­tra­tor, said the pro­posed “high, yet achiev­able, stan­dards” would en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of clean-burn­ing coal tech­nol­ogy and keep en­ergy prices af­ford­able while pro­mot­ing the U.S. en­ergy boom.

“To put it in clear and sim­ple terms, we’re re­scind­ing un­fair bur­dens on Amer­ica’s en­ergy providers and lev­el­ing the play­ing field so that new en­ergy tech­nolo­gies can be part of Amer­ica’s fu­ture,” said Mr. Wheeler at a press con­fer­ence.

Among those de­cry­ing the move was Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware Demo­crat, who pointed out that the an­nounce­ment came dur­ing the an­nual United Nations cli­mate sum­mit and that the “dis­con­nect could not be more stark or dan­ger­ous.”

“As the world dis­cusses mean­ing­ful solutions to deal with cli­mate change, this EPA is choos­ing, in­stead, to ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem by dou­bling down on dirty coal tech­nol­ogy,” said Mr. Carper.

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Act­ing EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor An­drew Wheeler said pro­posed “high, yet achiev­able, stan­dards” would en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of clean-burn­ing coal tech­nol­ogy and keep en­ergy prices af­ford­able.

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