VANCOUVER – In a move immediately billed as both an ambitious step to address climate change and a grand scheme destined to fail before it starts, the United States has proposed a rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30% of 2005 levels by 2030.
Power plants are the largest CO2 emitters in the United States, accounting for 38% of total emissions, and aging coal-fired plants are the prime culprits. These facilities, however, generate almost 40% of the nation’s electricity.
That reliance is already down from 50% a few years ago because of increasing emissions regulations. But the plan unveiled June 2 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks a dramatic step forward in the US government’s fight against CO2.
The plan is dramatic in scope, as well as in the battle it will foment, which started the moment the news was announced. …
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