Climate Voices

August 23, 2018
By: Nicole Rom, Former Executive Director

A Step Backward

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a replacement to the Clean Power Plan called the Affordable Clean Energy rule. Containing a complete overhaul of the standards for emissions from coal-fired power plants, the Trump administration’s rule poses a direct threat to our changing climate and public health.

We continue to witness the immediate impacts of climate change across the world, from the wildfires still raging in the western region of our country to the disintegration of our northern Arctic climate. The thickest ice sheets of the Arctic, usually frozen all through summer, have opened up twice alone this year — a phenomenon not recorded before. Warm winds and heatwaves in the Northern hemisphere are causing impacts that hint at the shift human-induced climate change will exacerbate.

The Affordable Clean Energy rule would give states the authority to create their own regulations on coal-fired power plants as well as weakening their required efficiency. The increased carbon dioxide estimated under the new rule could lead to up to 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030, as well as kickstarting a monumental step backward in national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Our warming world is sounding the alarm, and the Trump administration’s inaction regarding climate mitigation is another disregard for the global effort to transition to clean energy in pursuit of a more sustainable and equitable world.

We encourage you to take action by commenting on the Affordable Clean Energy rule.