By now, most people have heard about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the landmark effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the electric power sector.
While the plan has been hailed as a victory for states that want to make climate change a top priority, the Trump administration is threatening to roll back the Obama administration’s Clean Air Act and roll back many other regulations designed to reduce carbon pollution.
In the short term, that could lead to fewer job opportunities for Americans working in the power sector, particularly those in manufacturing and energy.
But the broader damage is likely to be more lasting.
The Clean Power Act, a law passed in 2005 to limit carbon emissions from power plants, is a major driver of job growth and economic development for the United States.
It allows states to establish renewable energy goals and reduce carbon emissions.
And it requires states to take action to cut pollution from power plant emissions.
But that’s just the beginning of the problem.
The EPA also has its sights set on regulating the coal industry.
As I explained in a recent column, it has been the EPA that has been most aggressive in the war against coal.
Since the 1970s, the EPA has aggressively used its regulatory authority to attack coal mining and coal-fired power plants.
As part of that effort, the agency has required that many coal-burning power plants be shut down in the future and that the coal plants be forced to reduce emissions by a certain percentage.
If the coal power plants are allowed to operate at their current level, it will reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is the main cause of climate change.
When coal power stations are shut down, the coal ash and dust in the air can cause global warming.
The coal ash also contains mercury and arsenic, both of which are carcinogens.
The Clean Power plan, by the way, is meant to curb those effects.
This rule will have devastating impacts on millions of American workers and families, as well as millions of Americans working at the coal-based industries that employ them.
To achieve its goal, the Clean Power Rule requires the coal companies to reduce the amount of CO2 that they emit.
But if the EPA does not like that outcome, the rule is preempted by the Administrative Procedure Act, which gives the EPA authority to set the rules.
A recent report by the Center for American Progress found that if the Clean power rule was allowed to go into effect, coal-producing states would lose about 4 million jobs in the next decade.
So while Trump’s Clean power plan has its flaws, it’s unlikely that the administration will actually do anything to reverse the EPA regulation.
However, the administration has signaled that it will pursue regulatory actions that could undermine the EPA rules.
In a letter sent to the EPA last week, Acting Administrator Sally Jewell urged the agency to “immediately rescind” the Clean Air Rule, calling it “a rule that will undermine public health, safety and economic security.”
The letter, which was first reported by Politico, came as coal producers, including those in Appalachia, were gearing up for a series of high-profile events in the region, including the annual Black Belt Conference and a coal-industry summit in Nashville, Tennessee.
On Thursday, the Department of Labor sent a memo to all federal agencies outlining the department’s plans for dealing with the CO2 regulations.
The department plans to create a task force to “review and update” the CO 2 rule, and the agency will issue an “action plan” for the agency’s staff to review the rule.
In short, the department is sending a message that it is going to do whatever it takes to protect the interests of the coal mining industry, even as it imposes more and more regulations on the power plants that employ thousands of Americans.
In the short run, that might be the best thing for the coal miners and coal companies.
In the long run, however, the mining industry is likely going to suffer.
The miners in Appalachias are the backbone of the U.S. economy.
If they were not in the coal sector, the jobs in manufacturing would likely disappear.
And if the mining companies lose their jobs in places like Appalachia and elsewhere, they are not going to get any new ones.
There is no doubt that coal miners are struggling in the wake of the Trump coal ban.
But that’s not going away anytime soon.
The federal coal industry is still making billions in profits, and many of those miners are already starting to get ahead.
If the coal producers and the coal workers in Appalachians are forced to move to more environmentally friendly countries, they will suffer in the long term as well.
The Trump administration has already indicated that it’s not interested in taking action to curb the pollution from coal power.
The administration is not taking action.
This article has been updated to include a response from the Department for Energy.