President Donald Trump signed an executive order to conduct an administrative review on the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which required electrical utility companies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. CO2 is a non-toxic gas which makes up only 0.04% of the atmosphere.
Trump has already removed the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which calls for imposing CO2 restrictions on the United States while allowing China and India to increase CO2 emissions. China has plans to build hundreds of new coal-fired power plants in the coming decade. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) director Scott Pruitt stated, “We’ve made tremendous strides on the environment. We believe that we can be pro-jobs and pro-environment at the same time.”
The Trump executive order will also allow coal-mining on federal lands, which was placed off-limits during the Obama Administration. Coal-fired power plants account for more than one-third of America’s electrical generating capacity. Whitehouse spokesman Sean Spicer said of the executive order, “This order will keep energy and electricity affordable, reliable and clean in order to boost economic growth and job creation.” Trump had a group of coal-miners on-hand for his signing ceremony at the EPA headquarters, stating that he will fight to protect their jobs. He said the increase in American energy production will lead to more domestic manufacturing.
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), which has not yet been implemented, would force electric utilities to close economical coal-fired power plants with high-cost solar and wind generating arrays. A flaw with “green power” is that it does not feed the electrical power grid continuously. Heritage Foundation research fellow Nick Loris predicts that the CPP would increase electricity costs for a family of four by an average of $30,000 over a decade. See the Heritage Foundation’s energy research here: http://www.heritage.org/energy-economics
The federal government spent $39 Billion on subsidies for “green energy” from 2010 to 2015. The Solyndra solar company defaulted on a $500 Million federal loan, putting 1100 employees out of work. European countries have seen a 300% increase in electrical prices since following “green energy” policies for more than a decade.