Court strikes down Trump administration's 'Dirty Power Plan'

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Jake Taber
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Author: Jake Taber

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2017
B.A., cum laude, Tufts University

As a member of the Creative Team for the Public Interest Network, Jake writes and designs materials for Environment America and its network of state-based organizations. Jake got his start with Environment America's program team as a Clean Energy Associate, where he worked with students to organize campaigns for 100 percent renewable energy at dozens of campuses across the country, and helped win commitments from Boston University and Vanderbilt University. Jake lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he enjoys cooking, reading and attempting to learn woodworking.

Power plants won't get a free pass to pump more global warming pollution into our atmosphere after all.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 — a day before President Biden's inauguration — a federal appeals court struck down the Trump administration's "Dirty Power Plan," which sought to repeal and replace the Obama administration's carbon-cutting Clean Power Plan. Environment America had filed an amicus brief in the case, pointing to the threat that global warming poses to certain American national landmarks.

"Power plants are super polluters, and now the Environmental Protection Agency can no longer give them a free pass," Andrea McGimsey, senior director for Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions campaign. "To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we’ve got to transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. This ruling is a major step in the right direction."

Implemented in 2015, the Clean Power Plan aimed to cut U.S. carbon emissions by almost a third by 2030.

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Photo: Along with reducing global warming pollution, the Clean Power Plan also aimed to improve air quality. Credit: David Sprott via Shutterstock

Jake Taber
Content Creator

Author: Jake Taber

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2017
B.A., cum laude, Tufts University

As a member of the Creative Team for the Public Interest Network, Jake writes and designs materials for Environment America and its network of state-based organizations. Jake got his start with Environment America's program team as a Clean Energy Associate, where he worked with students to organize campaigns for 100 percent renewable energy at dozens of campuses across the country, and helped win commitments from Boston University and Vanderbilt University. Jake lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he enjoys cooking, reading and attempting to learn woodworking.