A federal court in the United States overturned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resolutions supporting the Trump administration’s coal lobby and adopted in 2019. Sanctions against coal plants are on the way.
Former US President Donald Trump has made several controversial decisions during his four years in the presidency. In addition to all this, Trump has made it clear that he does not believe in issues such as climate change and global warming, and has taken his country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, specifically trying to ease greenhouse gas emission sanctions against thermal power plants through Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) resolutions adopted in 2019 aimed at supporting the coal lobby.
After Trump, who lost the presidency to Joe Biden, said goodbye to the White House, a federal court announced that the EPA had canceled its plan. “The EPA decision shows that the Clean Air Action Plan was misunderstood,” the court said. After the court’s decision, Joe Biden is expected to implement tough sanctions against thermal power plants.
The same year’s lawsuit against the EPA’s 2019 plan involved 22 state attorneys and 8 local governments. “The “Dirty Energy” law in question has been of no use beyond supporting dirty and expensive coal plants. Therefore, clean and sustainable electricity has been cut off and all New Yorkers and the American people have been condemned to pay this bill.”
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The EPA wing emphasized its disappointment as a result of the court’s decision. “The court decision caused uncertainty at a moment when the nation most needed consistency towards legislation,” molly Block, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in a statement.
Biden, the country’s new President, announced that he would re-join the Paris Climate Agreement, which the Trump administration reached in November 2020, if elected. Biden, who was sworn in from January 20th, first prepared a new circular that would allow his country to re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement. Biden also promised to reduce emissions rates caused by the energy sector by 32% by 2030.