During the 2016 campaign, President Trump vowed to breathe new life into the struggling coal industry.
Back in February of 2017, President Trump signed a bill halting new coal mining regulations.
Now, the administration is expected to roll back another Obama-era coal regulations.
According to reports, today the Trump administration plans to rescind an Obama-era rule that requires new coal plants to be fitted with carbon capture technology.
Back in August, Daily Mail reported that the Trump administration on Tuesday came out with new rules scaling back Obama-era constraints on coal-fired power plants, striking at one of the former administration’s legacy programs to rein in climate-changing fossil-fuel emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency called the regulations on coal power plants ‘overly prescriptive and burdensome’ in the proposal to roll-back the former president’s climate-change initiative.
President Trump’s plan broadly increases the leeway given states to decide how and how much to regulate coal power plants. The EPA says it ’empowers states, promotes energy independence, and facilitates economic growth and job creation.’
The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to give the coal industry a boost by rolling back another Obama-era environmental regulation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday is expected to rescind a rule that requires new coal plants to be fitted with carbon capture technology, according to several officials who spoke with The New York Times. Under the Obama-era mandate, new coal plants were not allowed to emit more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour. The Trump administration is due to raise this limit to 1,900 pounds.
“It’s fantastic that the Trump EPA is repealing the Obama EPA’s ban on new coal-fired power plants,” Junkscience.com publisher Steve Milloy said in May when The Daily Caller News Foundation exclusively reported the administration’s mumblings of the rule rescission.
Established in 2015, the carbon capture rule was widely derided by industry representatives who argued it made the construction of new coal-fired plants essentially impossible. The expensive and cumbersome technology to this day has not been implemented on a commercial scale.
While the rule change will make it easier to build new coal plants, it’s not immediately clear how much it will help the industry, which has witnessed steady decline in recent years. Cheap natural gas and subsidy-backed renewables are increasingly rendering coal-fired plants unprofitable.