Trump’s ACE Rule Goes Bust

Trump’s ACE Rule Goes Bust

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Power plants won’t get a free pass from the Trump administration’s industry-friendly Affordable Clean Energy rule. A federal appeals court struck down the EPA’s proposed plan, which would have dramatically reduced regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. In the ruling, the court called the plan a “fundamental […]

Continue Reading 407 words
Interview With Gina McCarthy: EPA And Joe Biden Have a Sweet History click button

Interview With Gina McCarthy: EPA And Joe Biden Have a Sweet History

This week, we spoke to former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the 50th anniversary of the agency’s creation.  McCarthy is excited about the agency being able to return to its mission, re-establish its science, and put people first again. EPA has a really rich 50-year history and certainly that history is not about killing jobs […]

Continue Reading 213 words
Trump’s Losing Record On Coal

Trump’s Losing Record On Coal

Trump promised to end the so-called “war on coal,” but now, three years and millions of dollars later, it is clearly a failure, Eric Lipton reports for The New York Times. The Trump administration sank an exorbitant amount of effort and funds to save coal mines and power plants, even intervening directly with some, but coal’s decline has continued to accelerate.

Why This Matters: As the 2020 election nears, Trump faces speculation that all the money and effort he put into coal, wasn’t invested in good faith.

Continue Reading 698 words
Trump Begins US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Now What?

Trump Begins US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement, Now What?

Yesterday, the Trump administration gave formal notice to the UN that it would begin the process of withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement which will finalize in one year. As the New York Times’ Lisa Friedman explained, “The action, which came on the first day possible under the accord’s complex rules on […]

Continue Reading 443 words
Dems Not Taking Trump’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan Lying Down

Dems Not Taking Trump’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan Lying Down

The Trump EPA replaced President Obama’s legacy Clean Power Plan with the much weaker Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. Yesterday Democrats tried to use a seldom-used legal maneuver that requires the signature of just 30 senators to review and overturn ACE.

It failed, but Democrats shouldn’t let this vote pass without expanding the narrative that any rules that weaken air pollution protections pose an immediate threat to the health of Americans.

Continue Reading 330 words
Court Says EPA Must Do More To Curb Interstate Air Pollution

Court Says EPA Must Do More To Curb Interstate Air Pollution

A three-judge panel that included a Trump appointee held on Tuesday that the EPA needs a better plan for addressing smog that travels across state lines from the midwest to the densely populated Northeast, where states are failing to meet federal air quality standards.

Why This Matters:  The EPA is failing to protect the public in the northeast from air pollution that is generated by coal power plants and manufacturing facilities in the midwest that travels with the winds and air currents into northeastern states who then are unable to meet their air quality standards.  This problem is EXACTLY why the federal government must be involved — and why the Clean Power Plan the Obama Administration put in place was so important.

Continue Reading 498 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.