The U.N. climate change panel has given its final approval to the Trump administration’s controversial global warming plan, despite widespread criticism and legal challenges from the environmental community.
The decision by the U-N Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a big deal, but what it means for the American economy is more murky.
It will likely have little effect on the pace of climate change, since the panel only provides a technical report and does not mandate that countries adopt policies.
The U-PCE is not expected to act as a referee.
However, the EPA is taking a big step in the direction of climate action by approving the Clean Power Plant Rule, a rule that would put limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants emit.
The EPA also proposed a new rule that aims to make the coal-fired power plants in the United States cleaner and less polluting.
That could be a huge boon for coal companies and coal-producing states.
President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have been fiercely opposed to the plan.
They have been accused of trying to stifle debate by threatening to sue states that vote against the rule.
On the other hand, Trump has been lauded by climate activists and some coal industry allies.
Trump said during a speech to miners in Pennsylvania last week that the EPA rule would have the opposite effect.
“It’s going to be like we never had,” he said.
“We’re going to have a lot of coal companies, some of them are going to go out of business.”
Trump is also facing criticism from many in the environmental movement for trying to overturn an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama to curb carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants.
The president has called it a “bad decision” that “went against everything that we believe.”
As we move forward, the next step for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and EPA to take is to ensure that the Clean Water Rule and other federal regulations are designed to address the impacts of climate pollution and to protect our air and water, according to EPA Administrator Pruitt.
EPA has also announced it is issuing new rules for coal-mining states, and it is moving forward with a new plan to increase energy efficiency standards for the nation’s homes.