"E.P.A. to Exempt Existing Gas Plants From Tough New Rules, for Now"

"The delay reflects opposition from industry leaders and some swing state Democrats."

"Facing intense opposition from major industries and some Democrats, the Biden administration on Thursday said it would delay the most contentious element of its plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency will exempt existing gas-fired plants, at least for now, from a new regulation that would require power plants in the United States to capture their carbon dioxide emissions before 2040.

The delay comes as the administration, in a concession to automakers and labor unions, is also expected to relax elements of another major rule to limit carbon pollution from automobiles. Those two groups are an important part of President Biden’s Democratic constituency as he seeks re-election in November."

Lisa Friedman reports for the New York Times February 29, 2024.


"Biden’s EPA Postponing Major Piece Of Power Plant Climate Rule" (E&E News)

"US EPA Removes Existing Natgas Plants From Proposed Carbon Rule" (Reuters)

"Why The Biden Administration Is Delaying This Key Climate Rule" (Washington Post)

"EPA To Delay Rules For Some Power Plants Until After November Election" (AP)

"EPA Narrowing Climate Rule For Power Plants, Saying It Will Take On More Robust Action Later" (The Hill)


Source: NYTimes, 03/01/2024