"EPA’s Rule on Greenhouse Gases: Big Promises, Little Impact"

"WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday set the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but their impact could be minimal because they don’t apply to existing plants and there are few coal-fired power plants being built in the United States."

"Just two new coal-fired power plants are expected to open next year, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, and there are none set to open in 2015.

“As you look at current projections this rule won’t in itself get much in the way of reductions,” said Kevin Kennedy, who directs the U.S. Climate Initiative at the World Resources Institute, a think tank that focuses on the environment and economic development."

Sean Cockerham reports for the McClatchy Washington Bureau September 20, 2013.


"Pro-Coal Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama on Power-Plant Proposal" (Greenwire)

"E.P.A. Rules on Emissions at Existing Coal Plants Might Give States Leeway" (New York Times)

"Current U.S. coal plants excluded from new carbon capture rules -- EPA Chief" (Reuters)

"EPA Coal Standards Still Face Uphill Battle" (ClimateWire)

Source: McClatchy, 09/24/2013