The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a plan to close down coal-fired power plants by the end of the decade.
The agency announced Tuesday that it plans to close its largest coal-burning power plants in 2018 and 2019.
This will save the U.s. government billions of dollars, the EPA said in a news release.
It also plans to move its fleet of coal- and gas-fired electricity generation plants from older plants, which emit more pollution than newer plants.
“Our goal is to eliminate emissions from our nation’s largest power plants and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that produce electricity in the United States,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
With the announcement, the Trump administration has signaled that it will use its leverage to prevent other countries from joining the United Kingdom and other countries that are expected to reduce carbon emissions in their energy mix by 2030.