President Trump is rightly undoing Obama-era regulations that were holding back America’s coal industry, asserts Steve Scalise in the Washington Examiner. These burdensome rules reduced its contribution to the US economy and put jobs at risk. Letting the free market decide is the best solution, which can go hand in hand with protecting the environment. The regulations would have increased electricity prices by 10-30% in most of the country. The change in rules will allow states to assess themselves which regulations work best. America needs to work towards energy independence while ensuring that the economy can succeed.
The war on coal was a huge necessity in combatting America’s excessive pollution, holds the editorial board of NewJersey.com. The Clean Power Plan’s rules, which President Trump is changing, sought to lower U.S. coal plant emissions by 32% by 2030. This is an overreach that prolongs the coal industry’s natural and necessary death. Energy alternatives are growing every day, as companies and the public seek to make America’s air cleaner. Trump’s rule change endangers U.S. citizens, increasing the risk of asthma attacks among children and heart attacks among adults by 40,000 and 17,000, respectively.