EPA to Seek 30% Drop in Carbon Emissions
Environmental Protection Agency will unveil plan tomorrow
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2014 4:45 PM CDT
In this Feb. 25, 2008 file photo the tower of a church is pictured between the smoke billowing chimneys of the brown coal power plant Frimmersdorf in Grevenbroich near Duesseldorf, Germany.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

(Newser) – Heads up, coal plants: The EPA plans to unveil a new rule tomorrow seeking a 30% drop in carbon-dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 2030, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The federal government will let states choose how to implement the rule—with more renewable energy, cap-and-trade programs, or investments in green technologies. And the rule won't be completed until a year from now. But states will have to get rolling by June 2016. "This is not a standard that a state then can willy-nilly ignore," a clean-energy advocate tells the AP.

States particularly reliant on coal—the nation's top source of electricity, and a major source of greenhouse gases—have already opposed federal attempts to curb power-plant emissions. "The concern is that the federal standards ... are going to drive the cost of electricity up for every single consumer in the state," said a Missouri state representative. So what will happen? If states fail to conform, the EPA could create its own plan for each. And the whole thing may well end up in court, a clean-energy expert tells the Washington Post: "When you have flexibility, there’s potentially more room for a legal challenge."

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Lou Bernardo
Jun 5, 2014 12:56 PM CDT
Most of the "smoking" chimney photos the media drags up for their "the sky is falling" articles are actually emitting steam.
Reverend Wingnut
Jun 3, 2014 12:08 PM CDT
As Obama's actions continue to attack the heart of America... This man is truly the enemy within...
pearlybay
Jun 2, 2014 10:33 PM CDT
The EPA reportedly estimates that investments needed to meet the emission limits will cost about $8 billion a year, but would save 6,600 lives and more than $50 billion a year in health care costs tied to air pollution. Don’t believe the hype that these new EPA rules will destroy the economy or send electricity prices sky high. Back in the 1990s the EPA introduced rules to stop acid rain by slashing the emission of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Critics thought it couldn’t be done, but ingenious engineers came up with new and better ways to scrub the pollutants out of the smokestacks.