Tuesday's EPA announcement opens a 60 day public-comment period before finalization. The EPA says should all states adopt these new efficiencies - it's unlikely all will - emissions will go down by around 1% by 2030.
Even if you're not anxious about being one of the estimated 1,400 Americans or 224 Texans who will die annually if the Trump administration replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, chances are you know or have a family member who has asthma.
EPA officials said they could give no firm projections for the health effects of their plan because that will depend on how states regulate power plants within their borders.
The EPA under the Trump administration argues its previous work is costly and unlawful, a position held by a coalition of states that sued the agency to stop the clean power plan. 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.
"Even under the rosiest assumptions by his own agencies, would conclude that his would cause the premature death of 1,400 people a year, every year", Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Wednesday.
IN has 16 coal-fired power plants, and gets more than 70 percent of its power from coal. The move allows states to set carbon emission standards instead of the federal government.
After all, she says that the market largely drove coal's decline, not environmental laws. The US might well have missed its emissions reduction goals set in the Paris climate agreement even with the clean power plan in place.
The rule, named the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, is a replacement for the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era attempt to curb greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from power plants across the United States.
Environmental groups are already plotting a challenge, saying the proposal at best provides minimal legal cover for a 2007 Supreme Court decision requiring the agency to regulate carbon emissions as a pollutant. It says more people would die without a plan than with the Affordable Clean Energy rule. "(The Trump plan) really is halting progress and putting pollution back into the air". The new plan, however, would allow for relaxation of pollution rules for older coal power plants.
Goffman served as the EPA's associate assistant administrator for climate and senior counsel in the Office of Air and Radiation from 2009-2017.
President Trump rolled back Obama's fuel efficiency rules earlier this month. "Climate change is real", McCarthy said.