Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

What does Trump’s clean power pullback mean For Ohio?

The Painesville, Ohio, power plant recently turned 125 years old. Photo: Brian Bull, Ideastream

COLUMBUS — “It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the ‘war on coal.’

Now his EPA director Scott Pruitt says that’s exactly what the administration is doing by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, something both opponents and supporters will have a huge impact on Ohio.

…Whether this roll back ends the so-called “war on coal” remains to be seen. But there’s no sign that this could actually resurrect the coal industry, which has been declining in Ohio.

More mining has moved across state lines to places like West Virginia. Operating coal plants in Ohio gets expensive, and they have struggled to compete in the utilities market.”

— Andy Chow, WOSU

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