Part of the 2016 campaign promises that President Trump had been to roll back regulations that were hurting America. Obama put in place rules that were strangling the coal industry and the nation’s power plants that rely on coal to operate. This week, President Trump put in place a new set of rules that are designed to help the struggling market.
Critics were not too far behind to speak out against the new regulations. They claim that the new set of rules will actually harm the climate and make it harder for America to do its part in saving the environment. The new rules are now a hurdle to the Democrats that are seeking election in 2020. It also keeps people using the EPA as a way to stop climate-damaging issues.
The new rules that President Trump has put into effect will limit the EPA’s regulatory powers. The new rules will lower the burden on automakers to produce cars with lower emissions and power plants will have an easier go producing power because they don’t have to adhere to strict regulatory guidelines on emissions.
Andrew Wheeler, who is the current EPA Administrator, signed the package into law this past week. It officially eliminates what Obama had in place that would require states to actively reduce carbon dioxide emissions significantly. These rules under Obama were strangling the coal industry. The new rules give the states the power to upgrade current facilities in an attempt to phase out carbon emissions or at least lower them in the long term.
Wheeler has stated, “Our [new rule] will incentivize new technologies that can ensure coal plants will be part of our clean future.” Critics have been quick to react stating that they will take the matter to court very soon. Rhea Suh, who is the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, has stated “President Trump’s dirty power scheme would do nothing to address the rising economic costs and the increasing dangers wrought by climate change. Instead, it would give polluters free rein and doom future generations to a dangerously hostile world.”
Republicans claim that the Obama plan actually provided the EPA with too much power. They also claim that the new plan falls better into the sphere of the Clean Air Act. The new name for the new plan is the Affordable Clean Energy rule. This new plan will help coal power plants to upgrade to better technology that will help them be more competitive in the energy market.
There will no longer be an emission’s goal set in place for the states to follow. But there will still be the goal to reduce carbon emissions. Some officials estimate that the levels will fall faster than the old plan because there is no market competition to help drive the need for lower emissions. People want to have a power that produces a smaller mark on the environment. So they will be the driving force for power plants to do a better job of producing clean energy.
Critics are also quick to point out that they believe that EPA’s new plan will not perform the way people think it will. Joseph Goffman, who was the creator of the Obama plan, states “The final ACE rule will yield virtually no reductions” of carbon dioxide.
Some critics believe that the new regulations will actually cause emissions to rise over time. This means that they will cause more harm than good for future generations. One study shows that coal power plants could end up producing more pollution than ever by 2030.
What the new set of rules does is put the power in the hands of the states to monitor and regulate their own power plants. Democrats do not believe that people, in general, have the ability to govern their own life or even their own business pursuits. They believe that the federal government should be over them actively dictating what people can and cannot do. This kind of system is contrary to what the United States stands for.
People can regulate their own power and the states need the freedom to operate in a way that is best for them. These new rules give states back some sovereign power. This is a big victory for President Trump heading into the 2020 election year.