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The Trump administration releases a new plan on climate change; women activists in Saudi Arabia face the death penalty.
1,400 extra deaths
- The most important story this week, in the long run, might be the Trump administration’s release of a new climate rule to replace President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. [Vox / Umair Irfan]
- Rather than the federal government setting targets for states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, states can decide for themselves how much they want to reduce them. This is a much weaker regulation. [Vox / Umair Irfan]
- The EPA’s own analysis found the rule would lead to up to 1,400 additional deaths per year when compared to the Clean Power Plan. [NYT / Lisa Friedman]
- The big picture is that coal is dying no matter what, and utilities are shifting to cleaner methods such as gas, wind, and solar. [NYT / Brad Plumer]
- On the other hand, the plan might let some individual coal plants keep going for years by making refurbishment cheaper. [Washington Post / Dino Grandoni]
- Future generations might look back on August 21 not just as a wild day in the news but as the day the fight against climate change was definitively lost. [Washington Post / Philip Bump]