On Monday Oct. 9, the Trump Administration announced their plan to formally repeal Obama-era Clean Power Plan.
What did the Clean Power Plan do?
- Establish carbon-emission standards on a state-by-state basis
- Allowed each state to produce its own plan based on their environmental and economical climate
- Planned to reduce national carbon emissions 32 percent below the data reported in 2005 by 2030
- Offers plans for cutting coal-fire power by investing in renewable resources, nuclear energy, and natural gas
- Followed in accordance with the Paris Agreement, a global outlook on climate change that President Trump has since departed
Why is it being repealed?
- President Trump has repeatedly denounced climate change, even claiming that climate change was, “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
- The repeal fulfills one of Trump’s campaign promises and the Executive order on climate change he signed last spring.
- President Trump, the Chamber of Commerce, and many Republican lawmakers feel that the heavy regulations damage and restrict the coal and oil industries.
What will replace it?
- As of now, the EPA has yet to announce their plans moving forward, but announced that the President will file the repeal proposal to the Federal Registar on Tuesday Oct. 10.
- Many companies affected by the Clean Power Plan do not wish to completely repeal the regulations, only loosen them.
- Repeal without replacement could open the government up to lawsuits from environmental activist groups, a long and expensive process
- If replaced, the new plan would most likely loosen regulations on carbon emissions without attempting to sway power plants toward more renewable resources.
- The EPA would most likely offer complying companies tax cuts
- These new regulations would still go against the President’s stance on climate change, however
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) October 9, 2017
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