Inslee: Trump is co-conspirator in premature death of Washingtonians

Inslee: Trump is co-conspirator in premature death of Washingtonians

Inslee: Trump is co-conspirator in premature death of Washingtonians

Several states, including California, are already meeting the targets the Obama administration laid out in the Clean Power Plan, even though that plan was never implemented.

Trump, who is expected to tout the plan at a rally Tuesday night in West Virginia, loves what he has called "beautiful, clean coal" and has launched a widespread effort to save the energy source from disappearing from the US energy mix. It's a cruel irony that Trump and his acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Andrew Wheeler, are announcing their unlawfully weak plan as worsening wildfires, flooding, and heat waves besiege our country.

The Trump administration's plan, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, rolls back numerous protections from Obama's Clean Power Plan that sought to significantly reduce greenhouse emissions from power plants and shift incentives to cleaner sources of energy.

The CPP required states to come up with plans to reduce carbon dioxide from existing power plants, aiming to cut emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The Obama administration argued that its Clean Power Plan would have helped avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths each year in that same time period, the Times reported.

Trump has been a vocal supporter of the fossil fuels industry.

EPA called the Obama-era regulations on coal power plants "overly prescriptive and burdensome".

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the nation's power sector consumed 661 million short tons of coal past year, the lowest level since 1983.

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"The EPA's proposal represents a crucial step in restoring law and order", stated Morrisey, a Republican whose office challenged the Clean Power Plan in federal court. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions. "It also embraces American innovation, by encouraging plant upgrades", he said in a statement. This move is another rollback of the Obama administration's major environmental initiatives and could prevent future administrations from reimplementing the rule, CNN reports.

"It is a poorly veiled attempt to secure a few votes with a backward-looking policy that could end up costing lives", Janet Redman, a climate campaign director for the group, said in emailed comments. "A deadly coal plan that will expose our children and our families to deadly air because of coal pollution ..." The EPA's role, Wehrum said, was simply to provide "guidance" and "flexibility" to the states. A survey from DNV GL, a Norwegian company providing risk management advice, of 813 senior oil and gas professionals found 64 percent of the sector leaders expected to either increase or sustain spending on natural gas projects this year.

But buried deep in the EPA's new 289-page "Regulatory Impact Analysis", are tables that make clear that Trump's new plan will kill tens of thousands of Americans and make millions sicker in the coming decades. "We love clean, beautiful West Virginia coal", he said, extolling the combustible mineral's superiority to less "indestructible" alternatives like windmills, gas, and solar energy.

The United States' level of Carbon dioxide emissions actually decreased in 2017, but experts fear that a weakened regulatory scheme with decentralized goals could hike up rates of pollution nationwide.

A federal report found total US emissions increased 2.4 percent between 1990 and 2016, but declined 1.9 percent between 2015 and 2016.

The Trump administration's August 2 issuance of the rule, which aims to put a freeze on toughening standards for vehicle emissions first put in place under the Obama administration, sparked controversy. A state like Pennsylvania, with a strong industrial background, would have harmful impacts on NY, which has a greener track record.

The Obama administration joined the Paris climate accord in 2016, promising to cut US greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

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