The Climate Impact of Repealing the Clean Power Plan Is Less Than Half of What the DOE Thought It Was In 2016

Takeaway: if Americans continue to demand further policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the negative climate impact of repealing the Clean Power Plan can be further reduced.
  • In 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) projected that repealing the Clean Power Plan would increase carbon dioxide emissions by 424 million tons.

  • In 2017, DOE revised that number downward by more than half, projecting that repealing the Clean Power Plan would increase emissions by 199 million tons.

Increases in Carbon Emissions from Repealing CPP (Million Tons)

In just one year, DOE reduced its estimate of the projected impact of repealing the CPP by more than half.