Trump And The Media, EPA To Roll Back Clean Power Plan

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans yesterday to roll back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which imposed carbon restrictions on power plants. We discuss how it would affect plant emissions and what has yet to happen before it becomes a reality. We also talk about the relationship between the media and President Trump after he asked on Twitter why the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t looking into fake news in America.

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  • President Trump's Relationship With The Media

    The tense relationship between President Donald Trump and the press continues. In recent news, President Trump asked on Twitter why the Senate isn’t “looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!” He also suggested that he came up with the word “fake” in an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on the Trinity Broadcasting Network over the weekend, which led to a response from Merriam-Webster showing examples of the term “fake news” in history.

    Join us as we dig into these recent headlines with a media analyst and get a reading on the state of the president’s relationship with the press.

    What is your view of the relationship President Trump and the press have? Is it having a negative or a positive effect on the country? Make your thoughts on this topic known by emailing, posting on the Ideas Network Facebook page and tweeting at @centraltimewpr.

  • EPA Head Announces Rollback Of Obama-Era Clean Power Plan

    The Trump Administration announced this week that it would repeal an Obama-era policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The proposal, which will be filed in the Federal Register Tuesday, addresses a promise made by President Trump to do away with the environmental legacy of President Obama, according to The New York Times.

    The policy, the Clean Power Plan, was unveiled in 2015 and was expected to cut power sector emissions by 32 percent by 2030. However, the rule was blocked from taking effect last year by the U.S. Supreme Court while it assessed lawsuits claiming that the Obama Administration exceeded legal authority as part of an effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

    We talk with a law professor about what this news means for the future of energy policy in the country and the process for the repeal of the policy.

    Were you a supporter of the Clean Power Plan? Why did you like about it? Or, did you think it was an example of overreach by the Obama Administration? How would you like to see the Trump Administration proceed as it lays out future energy policy? You can be a part of the conversation by emailing, posting on the Ideas Network Facebook page and tweeting at @centraltimewpr.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Breann Schossow Producer
  • Mike Wagner Guest
  • Richard Revesz Guest