Donald Trump has announced that the Trump administration is taking steps to halt all coal- and coal-burning power plants by 2020.
“By 2020, the Administration is committed to permanently phasing out coal-power generation,” the White House said in a statement on Thursday.
“We have a new goal: ending the use of coal in the United States.”
“By 2022, we are taking action to phase out coal plants.
We will do it in a comprehensive way.
By 2026, the President’s goal is to phase them out completely,” the statement continued.
“In 2019, we will move beyond coal to natural gas, wind, solar and geothermal power, all of which are more reliable, cheaper and environmentally sustainable.”
“Our goal is that we phase out the use and production of coal-based electricity generation by the end of 2020,” the new White House statement continued, without providing further details.
“The Administration will use its regulatory authority and the full powers of the federal government to ensure that all Americans can enjoy the benefits of a clean, clean energy future.”
The statement also said the Administration would “work with states and localities to achieve zero net emissions by 2026.”
The announcement came as a result of a January meeting of the National Governors Association, which met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
That meeting was the first such meeting between the Trump White House and governors since Trump was elected in November.
The new plan would have the White and Senate offices work together to develop a list of new coal-fueled power plants, and the states would be required to get their approval before constructing new ones.
The announcement comes as the Trump Administration has been trying to push back against the Paris climate deal, which has already taken effect and resulted in a number of other reductions in emissions from power plants.
In December, Trump signed an executive order that effectively blocked the federal Environmental Protection Agency from implementing any climate change regulations until 2020, a move that has led to widespread protests and protests across the country.