WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “How the Trump Administration’s ACE Rule Affects Emissions, with Amelia Keyes.”
Host Daniel Raimi talks with Amelia Keyes, a research associate at RFF. Keyes discusses the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which is the Trump administration’s alternative to the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. Keyes describes the projected impacts of the ACE rule, the emissions rebound effect, and the associated public health ramifications.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “By 2050, [the Affordable Clean Energy rule] may cause higher emissions than no policy at the national level. We think this is probably because of delayed coal plant retirements due to the fact that they’re becoming more efficient.”―Amelia Keyes (13:14)
- “Because these local pollutants are also emissions from coal plants, any carbon policy targeting coal plants has pretty significant implications for public health. Sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide are precursors to PM2.5 and ozone, which are air pollutants that contribute to a lot of health issues, including asthma and cardiovascular disease.”―Amelia Keyes (16:49)
- “The power sector actually is on track to meet the emissions targets of the [Clean Power Plan] without having any policy in place at all . . . the EPA wasn’t anticipating such a large increase in natural gas generation and renewables that have played a big role in driving down emissions in the power sector.”―Amelia Keyes (20:07)
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