Written By LAURA GEGGEL - LIVESCIENCE.COM
March 28, 2017, 6:11 PM
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.
The plan, which President Barack Obama’s administration put into effect in 2015, was designed to cut power plant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that is warming the planet. The Clean Power Plan requires that, by 2030, the power sector’s CO2 emissions be brought down to 32 percent below their 2005 levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who previously challenged the legality of the plan when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general, recently said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the rollback would be both “pro-growth and pro-environment.” But what are the scientific consequences of discarding the plan? [The Year in Climate Change: 2016’s Most Depressing Stories]
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