Trump's Rollback of Coal Rules Electrifies Wyoming Workers

Trump's Rollback of Coal Rules Electrifies Wyoming Workers

President Trump's executive order canceling this plan will do nothing good for anyone.

"The miners are coming back", Trump boasted at a rally in Kentucky last week, but no less an authority than Robert Murray, founder and CEO of Murray Energy, the biggest USA coal company, promptly rained on his parade. This is despite the fact that these industries say that even if deregulated they will produce very few jobs due to increased automation, which of course means larger profits. There are twice as many solar-power workers as coal miners alone.

A poll released in September found 71 percent of Americans want the USA government to do something about global warming, including 6 percent who think the government should act even though they are not sure that climate change is happening.

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said on Friday that the executive order, if carried out in full, will result in 2025 and 2030 emissions in the United States that are roughly similar to these today. In addition, the agency said, it would prevent 1,700 heart attacks, 90,000 asthma attacks and 300,000 missed days of work or school a year. Roughly 41 percent of USA coal production comes from public lands, providing a major source of electricity generation nationwide.

In the end, Trump's decision to end the previous administration's so-called Clean Power Plan will help to re-energize our economy. Lifting regulations on coal will, at best, restore just 10 percent of coal's market share, according to The New York Times.

As for Canada, when it comes to the single biggest source of industrial greenhouse gas emissions globally - the use of coal to generate electricity - we are the white knights of the world.

The new president's Energy Independence Executive Order suspends more than half a dozen measures enacted by his predecessor. The average American household would have paid an additional $680 per year in electricity costs compared to 2012.

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Even in states with relatively new coal-fired power plants, recent investments in renewables have set some states on track to meet the plan's targets.

According to the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy's website, "The Office of International Climate Office of International Climate and Clean Energy (ICCE) ... serves as the focal point for international climate change and clean energy activities within the United States Department of Energy (DOE)". Regulations could swing back the other way, and they probably will over the life of any new coal plant.

It gets 36 percent of the power it sells from hydropower and 35 percent from four coal-burning power plants it partially owns in Colstrip, Montana.

This week, President Trump issued an executive order to roll back a decade's worth of climate policy.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the pact, tapping into a well of concern among his fellow Republicans that the United States' energy habits would be policed by the United Nations. Indeed, clean energy business owners in Missouri and Kansas predict job growth over the next 12 months. The cost of renewables has fallen.

Officials said the coal industry wants to ensure the Paris deal provides a financial role for storage technology as well as role for low-emission coal-powered plants.

That, then, is why the move to bolster the coal industry (which actually has bipartisan perpetrators, when you break it down to the congressional level) betrays Trump's promise to reestablish America's greatness that he thinks has been frittered away.