President Trump signed an executive order today to dismantle the clean power plan.
The Clean Power Plan is a policy Obama passed in 2015 to reduce pollution from power plants, the largest source of carbon dioxide pollution. It aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants by 32% by 2030. The plan requires states to use low-emission fuel sources to meet standards.
We have not quite covered energy topic yet but to summarize –
i) Coal industry hasn’t been a major source of employment for a long time. According to Energy Department analysis coal mining now accounts for fewer than 75,000 U.S. jobs.
ii) By contrast, renewable energy now accounts for more than 650,000 U.S. jobs.
Based on what you know about climate change from this course and given this information, do you think this order might bring coal jobs back? Do you think the economy will benefit from this executive order or do you think the environmental costs of the additional unchecked pollution and increase in carbon dioxide concentration will outweigh the economic benefits? Do you think the US will be energy independent as a result of this type of executive order?