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Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut from Trump Power-Plant Proposal

Sept. 4, 2018, 7:06 PM

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review.

Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts—more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods, and water pollution—as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions. That language was left out of the Trump administration’s final analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal, when it was unveiled Aug. 21.

Among the abandoned assertions: an acknowledgment that “the climate has continued to change, with new records being...

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