Posted October 16, 2020 09:30:20As a new wave of drought has gripped the country, the Trump administration has proposed a sweeping plan to dramatically increase the amount of coal and oil that the U-S.
has to burn to power its economy.
While coal is one of the world’s most polluting fuels, the Environmental Protection Department has been struggling to keep up with the demands of an energy revolution that is threatening to destroy forests and other natural habitats.
The department has been slow to implement some of its proposed new rules and has not yet released the draft of its draft rule, which would have the power to change the way the nation burns coal and other fossil fuels.
The rules have been a contentious issue in the presidential election, as the Democrats are calling for the rule to be finalized before a November 2018 deadline, while the Republicans say it should not be enacted until after the election.
President Trump has defended his proposal to increase the EPA’s role in energy and climate by saying that it will keep American jobs.
But the rules have the potential to devastate the natural habitat for threatened species like the endangered Great Basin tortoise, which has been losing its habitat to development for decades.
“They’ve already destroyed the habitat, and that’s the big concern.
The tortoise is the most important animal to our survival, and we’ve seen it in the wild, and it’s gone,” said Scott Walker, a retired environmental consultant who is the executive director of the Great Basin Conservation Alliance.”
We need to preserve our habitat, we need to conserve our wildlife, and there is no way we can do it by just increasing the number of people burning coal.”
The new rule is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.
Walker said the proposed rule would force states to cut off the supply of electricity to the coal plants and coal-fired power plants, effectively closing them to other energy sources like natural gas and wind power.
He said the plan is especially problematic for the states that already rely on coal for power, including Texas, Wyoming and Utah, where natural gas has been a major contributor to their economies.
“It’s like a ticking time bomb, and when you’ve got a ticking bomb, there’s no way to stop it, so the state has got to make sure they have the resources to deal with the emergency,” he said.
The plan also threatens the viability of a number of other fossil fuel-fired plants in the state.
Walker said the rule would also force states with large coal-based economies to find new ways to reduce carbon emissions and could have a devastating effect on the state’s economy.
“It will force them to close a lot of coal plants, shut down their plants in rural areas and put the burden on people in the city and rural areas, who are already suffering economically because of the drought,” he added.
Trump’s proposed plan is a massive expansion of the EPA and its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The agency is proposing to double its work from 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emission to 40 percent of that.
The Trump administration said the EPA would use its authority to address climate change and the effects of global warming, and the plan includes some controversial proposals like a ban on new coal-burning power plants and requiring companies to disclose how much CO2 they are burning.
The plan calls for the EPA to develop new rules to regulate CO2 emissions, but the agency has been stymied by Congress and the White House.
The proposed rule could result in an economic collapse and threaten the survival of millions of Americans, Walker said.
The environmental group Friends of the Earth has called the proposal “a dangerous giveaway to the fossil fuel industry,” while other groups have said the rules will hurt small farmers and local communities and could be used to target communities of color.
There are also concerns about the cost of implementing the rule, and whether it will be fully implemented before the election in 2020.
As of the end in September, there were just under 3.4 million active U.s. coal plants.
That represents about 3 percent of the nation’s total power capacity, which could lead to huge costs if the proposed rules are implemented.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Greenpeace President Frances Moore Lappe said the agency is “moving dangerously fast to expand its power in the face of an increasingly aggressive and dangerous climate.”
The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.