If Trump wants coal, he can have it. But California must commit to 100 percent clean energy

By most measures, California is way ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to fighting climate change. We have some of the strictest environmental regulations, more zero-emission cars on the road than any other state and, as of July, are four years ahead of our self-imposed goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels not seen since the 1990s. But if this week has proven anything, it’s that now is not the time to rest on our laurels. On Tuesday, the Trump administration rolled out an incredibly idiotic plan to undermine even more Obama-era pollution restrictions, this time on coal-fired power plants. Instead of the tough regulations under the Clean Power Act, which forced utilities to start switching to solar, wind, geothermal and other sources of renewable energy to light up the power grid, Trump’s new Affordable Clean Energy plan would let utilities go back to burning dirty coal in states that have no interest in restricting carbon emissions. States like West Virginia. “We are putting our great coal miners back to work ,” the president told cheering supporters there on Tuesday evening. Breaking News Be the first to know when big news breaks Recaptcha requires […]

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