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What Does Repealing The Clean Power Plan Mean For Louisiana? Maybe Not Much For Now

A natural gas-fired power plant owned by local power utility Entergy.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has been looking for ways to repeal the Clean Power Plan — the Obama administration's policy to reduce carbon emissions at local power plants.


Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced it would indeed to be repealed.


Here in Louisiana, the electrons that flow into our homes mostly come from nuclear and natural gas power plants. WWNO's Travis Lux talked with Loyola law professor and former EPA official Rob Verchick about what repealing the Clean Power Plan could mean for Louisiana.



Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO
Rob Verchick is an environmental law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a former policy official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Coypu Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and local listeners.   

As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.

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