As part of an agenda to ramp up domestic energy production, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rolling back a rule that requires new power plants to capture their carbon dioxide emissions.
By doing so, Trump's Administration opens the door, in the coming years, for new plants fired by fossil fuels.
President Trump's nominee for @FERC Commissioner Bernard McNamee plans to subsidize failing coal plants and is openly hostile to clean energy.
The EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler stated that the new policy would encourage cleaner coal investments in the country. However, energy-related analysts disagree, noting that many North American power utilities have already turned to cheaper natural gas and renewables energies.
"No number of regulatory revocations, or empty campaign pledges to coal miners, will change the movement toward clean energy," Kenneth Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, said according to Perfil.
Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has attacked environmental protections to maximize production of domestic fossil fuels.
Lifting barriers to build new coal plants, however, clashes with contemporary scientific evidence and global efforts to curb climate change.
"[The proposal] is nothing more than another thoughtless attempt by the Trump Administration to prop up their backwards and false narrative about reviving coal at the expense of science, public safety, and reality," Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, said according to Mining.com.