Stowe Boyd> Those who believe that the Trump administration will end American leadership on climate change are making the same mistake as those who believe thatSee more it will put coal miners back to work: overestimating Washington's ability to influence energy markets, and underestimating the role that cities, states, businesses and consumers are playing in driving down emissions on their own.
> Though few people realize it, [more than 250 coal plants](http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/03/milestone-250th-and-251st-american-coal-plants-announce-retirement) --- almost half of the total number in this country --- have announced in recent years that they will close or switch to cleaner fuels. Washington isn't putting these plants out of business; the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan hasn't even gone into effect yet.
> They are closing because consumers are demanding energy from sources that don't poison their air and water, and because energy companies are providing cleaner and cheaper alternatives. When two coal plant closings were announced last week, in southern Ohio, the company explained that they were no longer ["economically viable."](http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2017/03/20/its-official-two-ohio-dp-l-coal-plants-to-close.html) That's increasingly true for the whole industry.
> A week before President Trump signed the executive order to begin rolling back the Clean Power Plan, Moody's Investor Service [released a report](https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-Utilities-increasingly-adding-low-cost-wind-power-to-rate--PR_363547?WT.mc_id=AM~RmluYW56ZW4ubmV0X1JTQl9SYXRpbmdzX05ld3NfTm9fVHJhbnNsYXRpb25z~20170315_PR_363547) concluding that wind power could displace up to two-thirds of coal-fired power production in 15 Midwestern states. The reason? The average cost of wind power has dropped to