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24 August, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • President Donald Trump at a rally in Charleston WV on Aug. 21

The public will have 60 days to comment on the new rule before it is finalized.

The report includes tables showing that, by the EPA's own analysis, the most likely outcome of the new rule would result in 470 to 1,400 additional premature deaths annually by 2030.

"President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy is a strong step away from the Obama administration's heavy-handed attitude that Washington knows best", Hyde-Smith said.

Clarification: This story has been clarified to reflect that Rocky Mountain Power would keep coal plants online longer if it fits into their long-term plans and state regulators permit it.

Trump is expected to promote the new plan at an appearance in West Virginia, a top coal-producing state, on Tuesday. "And, together, we won an historic stay from the Supreme Court of the United States - stopping the so-called 'Clean Power Plan'".

Just like Morrisey fought the Obama rule in court, several Democratic states like MA have promised to do the exact same thing for this new rule.

The proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule returns regulation of power-plant emissions to a legal framework following unprecedented overreach. "The administration is skating on very thin ice with this proposal", Revesz said.

Rule proposes returning authority and flexibility to the states as they develop plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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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.

"The Trump administration sees political value in this rollback, but our health and the economic promise of clean energy is at stake", said former Vice President Al Gore. The Obama plan was to cut the nation's reliance on coal and move toward more renewable energies.

Environmentalists and other opponents said they expect legal challenges, arguing the administration is abdicating its responsibilities under the Clean Air Act as set by Congress and the courts.

The projection of increased deaths and costs marks "what's extraordinary about this proposal", said Richard Revesz, dean emeritus at the New York University School of Law.

In a statement Tuesday, Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, said, "EPA has an important role when it comes to addressing the Carbon dioxide from our nation's power plants". The EPA called the Obama rules "overly prescriptive and burdensome".

McCabe says the ACE proposal could also make it so some aging coal plants have so little of their useful life left that states do not have to impose emissions restrictions on those plants.

The proposed rule will result in at least 12 times more carbon dioxide ending up in the atmosphere than if the Clean Power Plan was implemented according to the EPA's own analysis.

"We're basically at a time when the impacts of climate change have never been more obvious in the form of heat waves and wildfires, and drought and the spread of disease", she said.

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