EPA seeks to water down carbon limits on new coal plants

Dec 07, 2018, 6:45 AM EST
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to roll back an Obama-era climate change regulation that effectively required new coal plants to embrace carbon capture technologies to keep their emissions within specified limits.

The EPA’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who said that the move is aimed at “rescinding unfair burdens on American energy providers,” drew flak from environmentalists incensed by the agency’s brazen apathy to climate issues, notes Reuters.

The proposed change would raise the emission limit for new coal plants from 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity to 1,900 pounds. Wheeler’s argument that loosening the regulation will boost “clean coal” rings hollow as confirmed by the EPA’s own findings, writes The Guardian.

The new fossil fuel plants in the U.S. will run on cheaper natural gas and hence, the rollback is unlikely to stem the downfall of the coal industry in the country.