The EPA is in trouble, to say the very least. Short of it being completely destroyed by the Trump administration and the Republican Party, it was actually already in a bit of trouble towards the end of Obama’s second term.
Together, the agency and the President concocted the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a bunch of nationwide regulations designed to keep America’s carbon emissions down, renewable energy investments up, and pollution levels capped.
A total of 28 states and hundreds of companies reliant on fossil fuels protested, claiming the EPA’s reach and control was threatening. Climate change doesn’t care about state boundaries, of course, but let’s just leave that point behind for now.
Although the case was never properly resolved, the CPP was never ratified and remained stuck in the courts. Now, with the Trump administration set to kill off the CPP, along with (almost) any chance of combatting climate change, it seemed almost certain that America would be set to reverse the incredible progress it’s made over the last decade in this regard.
Well, noted in the 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook – a group effort by Bloomberg and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy – the CPP is back from the dead, in a manner of speaking.
The report notes that, because of these mysterious market forces – the ultimate Republican sacred cow – the CPP is already 75 percent of the way to meeting its ambitious greenhouse gas emission cutting targets.
The CPP aimed to reduce power plant emissions to 32 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. As of 2016, emissions have dropped to 24 percent of 2005 levels, with 14 years left to go. At this current rate, the targets will be exceeded by 2030 – and the CPP doesn’t even technically exist.
The state of the nation. BCSE