I’m afraid under Gov Rick Perry as head of Department of Energy and Scott Pruitt as head of EPA, the Clean Power Plan will soon to become history. It is a real shame. The Clean water and Air Acts were signed into law by Richard Nixon, and stood strong through Reagan, Bush (H.W.), Bush (W), and 16 years of democratic party presidents.
Scott Pruitt is a horrible choice. The mantra of Republicans is regulation is bad for business and business will make America great again. However, it is a giant step backwards for international cooperation for environmental needs.
We can not expect other countries around the world to work with us in curbing carbon emissions, if we are not doing our part.
China and the US produce the most CO2, accounting for 45% of emissions:
The top ten producers, include India and the EU, and account for 68% of carbon emissions.
Carbon emissions cause global warming, and serious breathing problems, particularly with those suffering from asthma.
The Republicans don’t have a plan- except if you consider downplaying the problem and delaying any real solutions as a plan. Energy generated by coal typically generates twice the carbon emissions than natural gas. Cleaning up of CO2 emissions from coal fired plants increases costs. The decline in coal usage has occurred as more operators prefer natural gas (also a polluter).
The Clean Power Plan isn’t perfect. Critics abound who can tell you the flaws in the program in an instant. However, the alternative (see Republican Plan) is horrible, so going from a horrible situation to a flawed one, is a step in the right direction.
Without a real US plan, we likely lose support from China, India, EU countries, Japan and Russia.