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New EPA Power Plant Rule is a Sham, Science Group Says

Agency Using a Distorted Cost-Benefit Analysis to Justify a Do-Nothing Rule


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its final Affordable Clean Energy rule, a replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that will do virtually nothing to curb U.S. power plant carbon emissions, despite the many cost-effective options available, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists:

"The Trump Affordable Clean Energy rule is a sham. It is dangerously irresponsible and completely at odds with the urgent need to address climate change, not to mention the EPA's mission to protect public health.

"This administration's strategy is clear: Since the beginning it has taken its marching orders from the fossil fuel industry and launched a broadside attack on climate action and public health protections. From undermining the Clean Power Plan, vehicle fuel economy standards and methane regulations to abandoning the Paris agreement, it is obvious the Trump administration is putting fossil fuel company profits above the interests of the American people.

"By issuing a bare-bones power plant carbon standard primarily focused on small efficiency improvements at coal plants, the EPA is just ticking a box so it can say to a court that it has done something. With the costs of wind, solar power and energy storage falling, the U.S. should double down on clean energy, instead of trying to prop up costly and polluting forms of energy. It is now time to take this reckless administration to court and have a judge end this charade."

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.