The planet be damned
EPA administrator and former Murray Energy lobbyist Andrew Wheeler continues his work for the coal industry (with UPDATE)
(Note -- this post was originally published on Tuesday but the notice to subscribers has apparently just gone out today (Thursday) at 9:19 AM.)
Here's the headline from the Washington Post earlier today:
Trump EPA finalizes rollback of key Obama climate rule that targeted coal plants
The Trump administration finalized its biggest climate policy rollback Wednesday, requiring the U.S. power sector to cut its 2030 carbon emissions 35 percent over 2005 levels — less than half of what experts calculate is needed to avert catastrophic warming of the planet.
The Affordable Clean Energy rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, demands much smaller carbon dioxide reductions than the industry is already on track to achieve, even without federal regulation. As of last year, the U.S. power sector had cut its greenhouse gas emissions 27 percent compared with 2005.
Environmental publications also reacted. Here's the Natural Resources Defense Council:
With ACE, EPA Blows Off Chance to Save Thousands of Lives
Here is what the EPA found in 2018:
It would appear that the results won't be as deadly this time because, as the New York Times reported last month, the Trump EPA has a plan to deal with the increasing number of air pollution deaths:
E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math
The rollback story broke mid-morning. Given Ogden's pro-coal/pro-Trump agenda, you would have thought that this news might make the afternoon paper. No, the paper was apparently set and so afternoon readers got to read
Trump EPA Is Closer to Gutting Obama Rule on Coal Power Plants