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Trump Administration Weakens Climate Plan To Help Coal Plants Stay Open

The Trump administration is replacing one of President Barack Obama's signature plans to address climate change. It may help some coal-fired power plants, but likely won't slow the industry's decline.

President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry, significantly weakening one of former President Barack Obama's key policies to address climate change.

The Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of its Affordable Clean Energy rule on Wednesday. It's supported by the coal industry, but it's not clear that it will be enough to stop more coal-fired power plants from closing.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler made the announcement at the agency's headquarters before a crowd that included coal miners wearing work clothes and hard hats.

Wheeler echoed arguments coal industry supporters have made, saying the Obama administration overstepped its authority under

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