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Trump to Swap Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ for Modest Upgrades

  • Plant efficiency upgrades set to replace sweeping Obama plan
  • EPA also unwinding greenhouse gas curbs from cars, oil wells
Andrew Wheeler
Andrew WheelerPhotographer: Bess Adler/Bloomberg

The Trump administration is on track to obliterate former President Barack Obama’s signature plan for combating climate change by replacing sweeping curbs on power plant emissions with requirements for modest upgrades at the sites.

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil its rewrite of the Clean Power Plan as soon as Wednesday, finalizing a replacement rule that would establish pollution guidelines based on potential gains from efficiency upgrades at individual facilities.