On January 16, the Trump administration announced the closure of four coal-burning power plants, with the announcement coming a week after Trump announced a moratorium on new coal-power projects.
“While the Department of Energy’s decision to close three coal-producing power plants in New York State was made in order to protect public health and safety, it was not based on a comprehensive analysis of the impacts of new coal plants,” the White House said in a statement.
The closures were announced after an independent study found that the closures had the potential to increase the country’s carbon footprint and reduce the countrys ability to meet its emissions reduction goals.
Despite the announcement, the closures have been met with support from the coal industry.
Coal-fired electricity plants are still operational in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Last week, West Virginians voted in a referendum that will allow them to pass legislation allowing them to begin reopening some coal- and gas-fired plants.