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Trump to ease rules on coal plants

Published:Monday | August 20, 2018 | 4:32 PM
US President Donald Trump - AP photo

WASHINGTON (AP) —The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, according to a summary of the plan and several people familiar with the full proposal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to discuss the plan publicly.

The plan by the Environmental Protection Agency also would let states relax pollution rules for power plants that need upgrades.

That would reverse an Obama-era push to shift away from coal and toward less-polluting energy sources such as natural gas, wind, and solar power.

Combined with a planned rollback of car-mileage standards, the plan represents a significant retreat from Obama-era efforts to fight climate change.

President Donald Trump has already vowed to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement as he pushes to revive the coal industry.

Trump also has directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take steps to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, warning that impending retirements of “fuel-secure” power plants that rely on coal and nuclear power are harming the nation’s power grid and reducing its resilience.

The White House had no immediate comment on the plan, and the EPA did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

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