When a federal appeals court heard the Clean Power Plan case this week, it was about much more than deciding the fate of the Obama administration’s plan to curb carbon dioxide releases. It really did crystallize the difference between the two presidential contenders and by extension, the direction in which American energy and environmental policy could go.
The legal odds are with the Environmental Protection Agency — that the Clean Power Plan will get the go-ahead from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia before it gets sent back up to the U.S. Supreme Court for reconsideration. Right now, those justices are evenly split at 4-4, which means the plan will get enacted, although a bit behind its 2020 schedule.
To that end, Donald Trump has cast his lot with the coal sector, saying that if he is elected, he would rollback the environmental provisions that have stymied coal production and caused utilities to retire their coal-fired electric plants. And Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has strongly favored investment in new technologies and sustainable fuels.Click here to continue reading.
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