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Environment proposals meet stiff opposition from science figures

The Trump administration is seeking to loosen emissions rules for power generation and federal projects, provoking the wrath of science organisations, while Democrats are pushing for greater environmental protections.

On 19 June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a replacement plan to reduce carbon emissions from the United States’ energy industry. The Affordable Clean Energy plan would supercede the Obama administration’s Climate Power Plan, which has been stymied by legal challenges.

Both scientists and Democrats in the House of Representatives attacked the new plan. The chairs of the House science and energy committees, Frank Pallone and Eddie Bernice Johnson, said in statements that it failed to address climate change or concerns around air pollution.

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