"We are putting our great coal miners back to work", declared the President at a rally in West Virginia this week.
But John Foltz, a farmer from Kent County, said he believes the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan was too restrictive on the coal industry in its aim to encourage cleaner energy production. However, according to NBC News, unlike the new fuel efficiency rules, ACE does not appear to take regulatory authority from states which have stricter coal standards.
Andrew Wheeler, acting EPA administrator, said the proposed rule restores the rule of law, empowers states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provides modern, reliable and affordable energy for consumers.
Michelle Bloodworth, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group that represents coal producers, called the new rule a marked departure from the "gross overreach" of the Obama administration and said it should prevent a host of premature coal-plant retirements.
EPA will accept public comments on the proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule for 60 days. "Implementing the proposed rule is expected to increase emissions of carbon dioxide and the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health", reads the report. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood also vowed to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if the plan is approved.
Many analysts view the relaxed legislation as an appeal to the coal industry. Critics of that plan said the Obama rules exceeded the EPA's authority under the federal Clean Air Act.
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The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether it has begun studying the issue. However, the South Africa president said it would be done in an ordered manner and there would be no land grabbing.
"He asked me to keep cleaning up the air, keep cleaning up the water and continue to deregulate to provide more jobs for the American public", he said. However, Rauch argued that it would do nothing to stop climate change.
The Trump administration hailed its new proposal for lowering energy costs for ordinary families and businesses.
"[Trump's] nearly single-handedly turned this industry around", Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, noting the "the darkest days" for the industry are now over. The decrease in the price of natural gas and the expansion of renewable wind energy has shifted how much the state relies on coal power. "It's an affront to people who want to breathe clean air". "Senator Byrd had a coal powered plan fueling the Capitol, you know I [unintelligible] that's gonna go, with all due respect to West Virginia we're not gonna have a coal power plant floating around".
When asked about environmental concerns that coal will make the environment less safe, and that more people could die as a result of less regulation, Avella acknowledged the concern was fair. Meanwhile, voters this fall will consider Initiative 1631, which is created to further reduce carbon emissions.
One of the key differences between the Trump rule and the Obama one is the lack of pollution goals. The Clean Power Plan was blocked by court battles in 2016, as many Republican attorneys general thought the federal government was overstepping its power.