The EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule would give coal companies more freedom to pollute America’s air, asserts Umair Irfan of Vox. The industry is already suffering a lot due to competition from renewable and natural gas energy and will unlikely recover from this rule relaxation. For such an underwhelming result, America's greenhouse gas emissions would skyrocket. According to the EPA’s own studies, this would cause more than 1,400 premature deaths due to polluted air. The Trump administration is prioritizing economic interests over protecting the environment. This is likely also an effort to undo Obama’s legacy.
The EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule is a necessary step in making the effort to reduce greenhouse gases compatible with US economic growth, infers Andrew Wheeler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The current regulations choke businesses, raising electricity costs on consumers and cutting jobs. Obama’s Clean Power Plan was questionably legal to begin with. It imposed carbon emission limits on the whole country, being opposed by 27 states. With the EPA’s proposed rule, they would be able to set their own more realistic targets. It is entirely possible to protect the environment while also ensuring economic stability.