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Virginians Reaction to New Relaxed EPA Rules on Emissions

The Trump administration has finalized its biggest climate policy rollback requiring the US Power sector to cut back its 2030 carbon emissions 35% over 2005 levels, or less than half what environmentalists say is needed to prevent catastrophic warming of the planet.

The EPA has finalized its plan to replace Obama-ERA Climate Rules and environmentalists are upset.

“This plan is designed to thwart efforts to reduce efforts from the coal industry at the expense of human health and the environment," said Lisa Feldt of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

But in Virginia coal country, Industry Spokesman Harry Childress said, “We don’t think the promulgation of the Clean Power Plan was legal.”

Virginia coal production has dropped from a yearly high of over 40 million tons to about 13 in 2018, and I asked him if it was too late.

“No sir, I don’t think it is and we think this is a positive step.”

He says coal’s real problem, is the lower cost of natural gas and alternate fuels.

*A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Lisa Feldt's last name as Phelps.

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