Trump’s “Dirty Power Plan” won’t fire up coal

Aug 28, 2018, 7:51 AM EDT
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(Source: Takver/flickr)

U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to dilute the Obama-era Clean Power Plan may give oxygen to an ailing coal industry but fails to tackle a mix of stagnant power demands, cheap natural gas and advances in solar and wind, choking coal plants to death.

Under the overhaul unveiled on Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency lifted a government cap on power plant emissions, but the rollback doesn’t address the economic factors forcing businesses away from building coal plants, writes Scientific American.

Removing the cap, however, is a blow to climate policy, will add to planet-warming carbon pollution and could lead to between 470 and 1,400 premature deaths in the U.S. annually by 2030, reports Eco Watch.