EPA scales back Obama-era limits on coal
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.
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.