Some of the reporting of the climate impacts of the Dirty Power Plan has been inaccurate
Last October, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency would repeal the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. But because the Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant and the Obama EPA correctly concluded that it poses a threat to public welfare via climate change, the EPA is legally obligated to do something to address that threat. That meant they needed a replacement plan.
Last week, the Trump EPA unveiled that plan and inaccurately named it the ‘Affordable Clean Energy Rule.’ The rule basically just extends the life of some dirty coal power plants and encourages them to run a bit more efficiently. The rule’s costs in worsening public health far exceed its monetary benefits. It would more accurately be named the ‘Expensive Dirty Power Plan.’
One of the remarkable things about the new EPA assessment released for Trump’s power plan, isn’t even related to the new plan.
The EPA has radically reduced the estimated impact of Obama’s Clean Power Plan. 1/
900 more premature deaths per year
40,000 more annual cases of asthma
42,000 lost work days
60,000 more school absence days
230,000 more restricted-activity days for