EPA Proposes First Limits on Climate Pollution From Existing Power Plants

"It’s the last in a string of major regulations proposed by the Biden administration to sharply cut the greenhouse gases produced by the United States."

"The Biden administration on Thursday announced the first regulations to limit greenhouse pollution from existing power plants, capping an unparalleled string of climate policies that, taken together, could substantially reduce the nation’s contribution to global warming.

The proposals are designed to effectively eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s electricity sector by 2040.

The regulations governing power plants come on the heels of other Biden administration plans to cut tailpipe emissions by speeding up the country’s transition to electric vehicles, to curb methane leaks from oil and gas wells and to phase down the use of a planet-warming chemical in refrigerants. Together with the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, which is pouring more than $370 billion into clean energy programs, the actions would catapult the United States to the forefront of the fight to constrain global warming."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times May 11, 2023.


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"Carbon Capture, Coal’s Demise Face Scrutiny in Power Plant Rule" (Bloomberg Environment)

"EPA Unveils Nation’s First Curbs On Climate-Changing Pollution From Power Plants" (HuffPost)

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"EPA’s Rule Would Steeply Cut Pollution. But Not This Decade." (E&E News)

"Biden Power Plant Plan Gives Industry Time, Options for Cutting Climate Pollution" (Inside Climate News)


Source: NYTimes, 05/12/2023