Obama will speak in Washington today on the issue of coal-burning power plants, the White House announced, as the administration is expected to push to repeal a federal rule that prevents the production of electricity from existing coal- and gas-fired plants.
The president will also visit a coal plant in the northern part of the state of Wyoming, the first such visit by a sitting president to a coal-producing state.
The administration is also expected to announce the first-ever coal leasing program for coal-related projects, and to propose a number of other regulatory changes.
The coal-generated power plants that Obama is expected also include those that supply the electrical grid in states such as West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Kentucky, and the ones that produce coal for export to China.
The announcement comes as the Trump administration has rolled back several Obama-era rules, including a rule requiring the coal-fueled power plants to provide climate-smart electricity.
In addition, Trump has announced that he will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, in which 195 countries agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that by the end of 2021, coal-and-gas plants will produce between 13 and 18 percent of the country’s electricity, with about two-thirds of that coming from coal.
Obama, who has vowed to undo Obama-backed regulations, has faced backlash for the rule.
“This is a direct threat to our nation’s clean air and clean water,” Trump said at a rally in Kentucky in May.
“And it’s time to stop this, because it’s destroying our economy and our jobs.”