Power plant production and other industrial uses will increase as a result of the Clean Power Plan, which President Donald Trump signed into law in May.
In a major shift, the EPA has directed that coal-fired power plants use less natural gas and other renewable fuels to generate electricity, as well as to produce less carbon dioxide and methane emissions.
Coal plants will be allowed to burn as little as 1.5 percent of their electricity in coal-burning capacity, or 30 percent of the power they generate.
The Clean Power plan was supposed to reduce power plant emissions and help reduce CO2 emissions, but some critics have questioned the goal.
The EPA has also announced that it will review its regulations to ensure that plants meet the 2020 target of reducing their carbon emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.
As a result, a number of coal companies have announced plans to increase production in the United States.
The coal industry has been able to tap cheap natural gas in recent years as demand for electricity in the nation’s big cities has been growing rapidly.
Some companies have been increasing production because they need to produce power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, and the cheap gas helps them do so.
But some of the coal companies that have expanded in recent months have also said that coal is no longer the key driver of their economic growth.
In addition to the power plants, the coal industry also is investing in other industries, such as cement, metals, and electronics.
Companies like Arch Coal and Arch Coal Energy Partners are also working on the expansion of their coal mines, and companies like Chesapeake Energy have also been working on expanding their coal-mining operations.
“The new coal regulations, like the ones that we just announced, will do more to reduce emissions and create jobs than any of the Obama administration’s regulations did,” said Michael McKenna, a senior adviser at the Environmental Defense Fund.
McKenna, who also is the former president of the National Mining Association, told The Washington Post that it is difficult to see how any one of these efforts would be enough to make up for the decline in coal employment.
“That’s why we’re focused on coal,” he said.
A new study from the Brookings Institution released this week finds that the coal-dependent industry will benefit from the Clean Energy Jobs Act.
The study, “An Economic and Environmental Outlook of the President’s Clean Energy Job Creation and Jobs Plan,” estimates that the Clean Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit, which is included in the legislation, will result in $500 billion in new private sector investment in the industry over the next five years.
That investment is expected to bring the total value of these new jobs created by the plan to $1.7 trillion over the same period.
The authors of the study argue that the plan will also create an additional $400 billion in job growth by 2022.
But they note that it doesn’t include any tax credits for other industries that the president wants to boost.
“There is no way that the additional investments made in the Clean Jobs Act will offset the cost of a decline in job creation,” the report says.
The report argues that the bill “is unlikely to generate the additional $2 trillion that the administration is seeking, or even close to the $3 trillion in additional private sector investments that it would likely provide.”
The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in February, includes a number that many of the industry groups and economists are against, including a number for energy efficiency and a plan to use federal funds to promote the expansion and development of renewable energy sources.
But that doesn’t mean the legislation will not increase the number of jobs created.
The Brookings report, however, argues that this could happen even though there will be a decrease in coal jobs.
“Although coal employment will decline in 2019, the number that will decline most will be the number who will have jobs in non-coal industries.
As the number rises in non‐coal industries, the jobs that will be lost in coal will be in those industries,” the authors wrote.