Clean Power Plan

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from the plants.

Fossil-fuel companies Murray Energy and Southern Company paid for private meetings with Republican state attorneys general to discuss opposition to the EPA's Clean Power Plan less than two weeks before the same officials asked a federal judge to block the measure.

That's according to documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.

U.S. Department of Energy

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith, ahead of his visit to SIUC and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.


Social media is playing a role in an attempt by a coal miner to make federal policymakers aware of how they're damaging the coal industry.

A Facebook page created by a former miner living in southern Illinois called Coal Miner's Movement 2016 has received over 14,000 likes since it was established last Saturday.

New federal rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have coal advocates speaking out.

A bi-partisan group of lawmakers Wednesday talked about the need for Illinois to have time to digest the 2,000-page Clean Power Plan.

President Obama's new Clean Power Plan could mean good things for Illinois - both environmentally and economically.