By Gloria Oladipo / <a href="otherwords.org/trumps-new-coal-rules-will-bury-rural-america/">OtherWords</a>
Source: Read full article at Truthdig
New coal standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are threatening to permanently undermine the federal government’s power to control power plant pollution.
The new rule — which would empower states to decide how much they want to reduce their emissions, if at all — will be devastating for all Americans. Especially vulnerable are people of color and rural populations.
Several states — California, Washington, and Iowa to name a few — have already challenged the new rule. But if the Supreme Court upholds the administration’s proposal, the federal government would be left with a greatly limited role in enforcing emission standards — a key tool in the fight against pollution and global warming.
This proposal is another attempt to protect the antiquated coal industry over the lives of vulnerable citizens.
The coal industry has been in sharp decline for decades as alternative energy sources such as natural gas and renewable energy have come onto the market — sources of energy that are much cheaper.
Even so, the Trump administration’s attempts to make coal more competitive have been largely symbolic. Initiatives like…