Science Policy Exchange co-founder Kathy Fallon Lambert is quoted in an article by Yale Climate Connections about the Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy rule.
The new rule, commonly referred to as the ACE rule, replaces the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which was aimed at reducing carbon pollution from power plants.
Lambert and colleagues analyzed EPA data about the expected impact of the ACE rule. Overall, the new rule would hardly change emissions, with a small reduction of less than 1% beyond what would likely happen without any policy at all. Because some plants will likely run more and old power plants may be kept online longer, over a fifth of power plants have an increase in CO2 emissions in their analysis.
“The bottom line when it comes to the ACE rule is that it does virtually nothing to confront climate change,” Lambert says.