The Trump Effect on Power Plant Carbon Dioxide Emissions


Thomas O. McGarity


Faculty editor: Tim Duane
Publication: Journal of Climate & Energy Law
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Start Page: 151
Month: June
Year: 2018
Type: Article
Subject Area: Environmental & Energy Law
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This Article will probe the legal, technological and economic underpinnings the Trump Administration initiatives and the viewpoint that their initiatives will have little impact on CO2 emissions from power plants. Part II will highlight the Trump Administration’s views on the extent to which human activities are the leading contributing factor. Part III will describe the radical change in direction that that the Trump Administration is taking with respect to regulations designed to reduce GHG emissions from power plants. Part IV will offer predictions about the likely effect of the Trump Administration’s rollbacks on the electric power and coal industries, on jobs in those industries, and on the natural gas and renewables industries. Finally, Part V will offer concluding thoughts about the state of power plants and their projected CO2 emissions.