On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a proposal to set the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants. Like the previous proposal to limit carbon emissions from new power plants, this proposal is a game changer that will protect us from the health risks and impacts of climate change.
Carbon emissions must be cut by 30% relative to 2005 by 2030. States will each decide how to meet the caps. Because California is farther along the path toward renewables than most states, we have an advantage over states more reliant on coal.
Political fall-out will be interesting, with challenges to the new rule expected, and impact on the 2014 general election to be seen.
Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon emissions in the United States—making them the single largest source of carbon emissions in the country. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions are the chief cause of climate change.
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