ACTION ALERT: Say NO to Trump's Pro-polluter Environmental Rollbacks
August 18, 2018
Democratic Climate Action & Emily Holden / Politico
Trump's official climate plan reinforces what we've known about the president all along: He is anti-environment to the core. We need concerned Americans to step up NOW and make their voices heard on Trump's destructive agenda: a whole range of extreme, anti-environment actions with absolutely no check from the federal government. That means already dangerous weather could get even more dangerous, high temperatures could rise even higher and the costs to respond to catastrophes could get even costlier.
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"The Trump administration is preparing to unveil
its plan for undoing Barack Obama's most ambitious climate regulation"
(August 16, 2018) -- Trump's official climate plan reinforces what we've known about the president all along: He is anti-environment to the core. We need concerned Americans to step up NOW and make their voices heard on Trump's destructive agenda:
Trump is giving GOP-controlled states a prime opportunity to strike a fatal blow to climate action policies on their own turf. Republicans could impose a whole range of extreme, anti-environment actions with absolutely no check from the federal government. That means already dangerous weather could get even more dangerous, high temperatures could rise even higher and the costs to respond to catastrophes could get even costlier.
This is a CODE RED. Politico scored an exclusive look at Trump's proposal to reverse President Obama's signature climate policy, and it's worse than we ever imagined.
According to the unpublished draft, Trump's new climate rulebook will dismantle Obama's limitations on greenhouse gas emissions, allow for more pollution into the air that we breathe and accelerate dangerous climate change. How? By allowing red states to pass their own laws giving some of the biggest polluters a free pass.
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Exclusive: Draft Details Trump's Plan
For Reversing Obama Climate Rule
Trump's EPA easing the planned limits on the pollution
from power generators driving climate change
Emily Holden / Politico
(August 14, 2018) -- The Trump administration is preparing to unveil its plan for undoing Barack Obama's most ambitious climate regulation -- offering a replacement that would do far less to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, according to Politico's review of a portion of the unpublished draft.
The new climate proposal for coal-burning power plants, expected to be released in the coming days, would give states wide latitude to write their own modest regulations for coal plants or even seek permission to opt out, according to the document and a source who has read other sections of the draft.
That's a sharp contrast from the aims of Obama's Clean Power Plan, a 2015 regulation that would have sped a shift away from coal use and toward less-polluting sources such as natural gas, wind and solar. That plan was the centerpiece of Obama's pledge for the U.S. to cut carbon dioxide emissions as part of the Paris climate agreement, which President Donald Trump has said he plans to exit.
The Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that both carbon emissions and pollutants such as soot and smog would be higher under its new proposal than under the Clean Power Plan. And Trump's critics call it a recipe for abandoning the effort to take on one of the world's most urgent problems.
The proposal would be "another, more official, sign that the government of the United States is not committed to climate policy," said Janet McCabe, EPA's air chief under Obama.
McCabe said based on a description of the proposal, it would offer "a significant amount of discretion to states to decide that nothing at all needs to be done."
Many red states and several companies sued over the Clean Power Plan, and a federal appeals court was nearing a decision when Trump's EPA asked for time to rewrite the rule. McCabe said the proposal could be meant to eat up time and stall a future president from quickly regulating greenhouse gases.
EPA was widely expected to write a far less stringent replacement rule. Trump promised to nix the Clean Power Plan and exit the Paris deal during his campaign. But the draft offers the first look at the specifics since the agency released a broader notice that it would reconsider the rule in April.
The White House Office of Management and Budget has finished reviewing the draft and sent it back to EPA this week.
The rule would allow states to write rules to make coal plants more efficient, enabling them to burn less coal to produce the same amount of electricity. But that could be bad for the planet, people familiar with state air programs say, by making it cost-effective for power companies to run those plants more often.
EPA looked at the outcomes of various scenarios that could be possible from state-proposed plans in 2025, 2030 and 2035, implying that the plans could be in place before 2025.
Obama's plan was meant to see greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. power sector fall to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The nation has already achieved much of that reduction because of trends such as the closures of dozens of older coal plants.
EPA intends to argue that the Obama administration rule illegally sought to regulate the broader power sector, beyond coal plants, and that the compliance costs would have been big and the climate benefits negligible, according to the draft Politico reviewed.
Environmental advocates and blue states plan to wage war on the proposal once it is final. But while the legal fights play out, the regulation will be a placeholder that could stall a future president from regulating power plants.
States will be able to present reasons for why they don't want to regulate coal plants, including considering how many more years they have left before they would probably shut down, according to a source who reviewed a different section of the document.
In another contentious portion of the proposal, EPA is looking at letting states decide whether they want to adopt changes to pollution reviews that kick in when a plant makes upgrades. Existing rules are meant to keep plants from making changes that cause more pollution.
Conservatives and industry groups have long argued that the review process, called New Source Review, makes it too expensive for operators to make improvements to plants.
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