EPA chief says Donald Trump can’t revive fossil fuel industry

EPA chief says Donald Trump can’t revive fossil fuel industry

EPA chief says Donald Trump can’t revive fossil fuel industry

EPA chief says Donald Trump can’t revive fossil fuel industry.EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday said President-elect Donald Trump will fail in his efforts to revitalize America’s sagging coal industry and put fossil fuels back at the center of the nation’s energy portfolio, taunting an incoming administration that is primed to roll back some of her agency’s initiatives.

During a speech in Washington, Ms. McCarthy — who presided over President Obama’s ambitious plan to phase out fossil fuels and rein in greenhouse gas emissions — said the “train has left the station” with regard to America’s move toward clean energy.She said she is confident that much of the Environmental Protection Agency’s work over the past eight years will stand the test of time and suggested that Mr. Trump will struggle to roll back initiatives such as the Clean Power Plan, which limits emissions from coal-fired power plants.

 But even if Mr. Trump does use executive power to nullify the Clean Power Plan or other EPA initiatives put into place under the Obama administration, she said broader market trends will make it impossible for the billionaire to fulfill his campaign promises.

“Folks, clearly there is more going on in our world and our energy sector than the Clean Power Plan can account for. …

This is all about the energy transition that’s already happening,” she told an audience in Washington. “The clean energy economy, folks, that train has left the station.”

The Clean Power Plan remains caught up in the judicial system after a Supreme Court decision this year, though many states already are taking steps to meet the rule’s strict limits on carbon emissions. The regulations set emissions thresholds and require states to develop plans to meet them.

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