The rebound effect of Trump’s plan to overhaul coal plants

Jan 18, 2019, 7:53 AM EST
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The Trump administration plans to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, in order to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. A study, yet to be published, takes stock of the implications of cleaning up the coal plants, as intended by the EPA, and the results are alarming, if not shocking.

The study found that the newly proposed rule would drive up carbon emissions from coal plants by up to 11 million tons by 2050 compared to even a “no policy” scenario, writes Earther.

The researchers attribute this spike to a “rebound effect,” explaining that emissions would go down marginally in the short term, but as coal plants turn more efficient, the use of coal energy would get a boost, eventually belching more emissions into the environment, notes Scientific American.