Joins lawsuit against Trump's EPA to block new 'coal-friendly' rule

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 14, 2019

Trump pulled the USA out of the Paris climate change accord committing countries to mitigating global warming in his first year in office.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eliminated the its Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a new rule that gives states more leeway in deciding required upgrades for coal-fired power plants.

California's power grid used more energy from non-greenhouse gas sources like wind and solar power in 2017 than from electricity generated by fossil fuels for the first time since the California Air Resources Board began keeping track. Rather than staying the course with policies aimed at fixing the problem and protecting people's health, safety, and the environment, the Trump Administration repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with this "Dirty Power" rule. The Trump administration has been accused of ignoring or silencing scientific warnings on climate change, and critics contend the new rules will do little to reduce emissions.

The administration rolled out its Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule earlier this summer, shifting regulatory authority to states while also promoting energy independence and offering hope to the struggling U.S. coal industry.

"It's anything but clean, and it's anything but clean energy". But EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in June said Americans want "reliable energy that they can afford", adding he expected more coal plans to open as a result.

The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to dismantle the 2015 Clean Power Plan reduces efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and allows the agency to abandon its legal responsibility to regulate air pollutants.

Like a proposal released last October, the EPA's final rule gives US states wide latitude to design their own plans for paring carbon dioxide emissions at power plants.

That's why we are fighting back. The U.S. Supreme Court put off the initiative in February 2016, amid legal challenges from opponents who said the EPA had overstepped its authority.

Colorado joined 21 other states and local governments, including Boulder, in suing the Trump administration's attempt to roll back clean air standards and climate rules, the Colorado Attorney General's Office said Tuesday. This, they argue, violates the federal Clean Air Act, which requires the EPA to require the use of the "best available control technology" possible.

The Clean Power Plan rules were not expected to have a major impact on Maine's electricity generation sector because ME already participates in a multi-state compact, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that uses a cap-and-trade system to reduce power plants emissions.

"The science is indisputable; our climate is changing". The Clean Power Plan was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. "If we do nothing to curb our reliance on fossil fuels we are dooming future generations and our planet".

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