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Energy policy experts discuss EPA proposal to change how states regulate coal-fired power plants




Piles of coal sit in front of Pacificorp's 1440 megawatt coal fired power plant on October 9, 2017 in Castle Dale, Utah.
Piles of coal sit in front of Pacificorp's 1440 megawatt coal fired power plant on October 9, 2017 in Castle Dale, Utah.
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The U.S. E.P.A. is proposing states decide how much they want to regulate coal-fired power plants.

It’s a reversal of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, designed to move the country off of coal.

The Trump Administration move isn’t a surprise. But that hasn’t tempered outrage from environmentalists. Governor Jerry Brown just release a statement calling the move “a declaration of war against America and all of humanity – it will not stand. Truth and common sense will triumph over Trump’s insanity.”

On the other hand, coal-producing states are delighted. But given the power industry’s move toward natural gas and renewables, how much of a future will coal really have?

We reached out to the EPA for comment but as of the airing of this segment, they have not responded to our request. We will update with any information we receive.

Guests:

Nick Loris, an energy economist at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington D.C.

Alex Jackson, senior attorney with the Climate & Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council



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