On Monday, President Barack Obama and his administration announced the new climate change rules, and Governor Tom Wolf gives his full support.
Obama’s Clean Power Plan focuses on cutting the U.S.’s power plant carbon emissions and battling climate change. During his announcement on Monday, Obama made the following statement:
We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and we’re the last generation that can do something about it … We only get one planet. We only get one home. There’s no plan B.
Each state is now responsible for developing a plan to reduce power plant carbon emissions. In Obama’s plan, solar and wind power are referenced as key incentives to meet the climate goals. However, while renewable energy options are pointed out, the coal industry, which has stated it will fight against the new rules, is the one that will be impacted the most.
As reported by State Impact Pennsylvania, “EPA expects the percentage of electric generation in the US from coal to fall from 36 percent this year to 27 percent by 2030 under the plan. Pennsylvania is the fourth largest producer of coal in the nation, and the only state where anthracite coal is mined. It’s also the third-highest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide in the country.”
Since Obama announced the new climate rules, several leaders in the coal industry have spoken out against the president, including Pennsylvania Coal Alliance’s CEO John Pippy. Pippy stated the Clean Power Plan will “place an undue burden on the coal industry, and force closures of power plants and coal mines.” He claims the EPA has set the bar too high and has made it impossible to continue a powerful coal-powered generation fleet and still meet the new target numbers.
Instead of setting new regulations, Pippy believes the EPA should develop newer, more efficient coal-fired power plants:
They’re putting a regulation in that is not achievable and is a de facto ban on coal-fired generation.
To read State Impact Pennsylvania’s entire story regarding Pennsylvania, Gov. Wolf and the Clean Power Plan, click here.