2 June 2014 - US unveils proposal to cut carbon pollution
EPA to propose cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030
Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)
The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, according to individuals who have been briefed on the plan.
Under the draft rule, the EPA would analyze four options that states and utilities would have to meet the new standard, with different approaches to energy efficiency, shifting from coal to natural gas, investing in renewable energy and making power plant upgrades, according to those who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it has not been formally announced. Other compliance methods could include offering discounts to encourage consumers to shift electricity use to off-peak hours.
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Neela Banerjee, Evan Halper, Michael A. Memoli (The Chicago Tribune)
A formal announcement is expected Monday morning, but details began leaking out Sunday. Because the rule has not been officially issued yet, the 30% target reduction could be one of several options the Environmental Protection Agency presents for public comment, environmentalists said.
The proposal will make good on a pledge the president made last year to tackle climate change through his executive authority in the face of congressional inaction on the issue.
The rule targets the nation’s fossil-fuel-burning power plants, which emit 40% of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, more than any other source. States will be asked to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions 30% from their levels in 2005, when emissions were 10% higher than they were in 2012.
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Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)
The Obama administration will propose sweeping new environmental rules on Monday, cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan.
The new power plant rules – which will be formally announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday morning – represent the most ambitious effort by Barack Obama or any other president to deal with climate change.
The regulations could lead to a sweeping transformation of America's energy economy, if they survive an onslaught from business and conservative groups, and Republicans in Congress.
The rules could also break open negotiations for a global climate change deal, the United Nations climate chief, Christiana Figueres, said.
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