Trump Expected to Annouce Power Plant Rule Replacement at W. Va. Rally

Aug 21, 2018

President Donald Trump during a previous visit to West Virginia.
Credit Ohio Valley ReSource

The president will be in Charleston tonight campaigning for West Virginia attorney general and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Morrissey. Trump is also expected to unveil his administration’s overhaul of the Clean Power Plan.

That Obama-era regulation aimed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in an effort to stem the effects of climate change. The rule took a broad approach and encouraged states to shift electricity generation away from coal toward cleaner natural gas and renewable energy. 

That sparked legal challenges notably by Morrissey who led a coalition of states in the fight against the rule, effectively getting the U.S. Supreme Court to halt its implementation.

Initial reports indicate the administration’s new proposal is much weaker. Documents reviewed by The New York Times and other news outlets show the Trump administration plans to allow states to decide if and how to curb carbon emissions from power plants.