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Biden's EPA to propose unprecedented limits on carbon emissions from power plants – Mother Jones



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In a historic move, Will propose limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, according to Environmental Protection Agency new York Times, If implemented, it would be the first time that the federal government has restricted carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal- and gas-fired power plants, which produce 25 percent of the United States’ planet-warming pollution. Under the plan, virtually all power plants would capture or reduce nearly all of their carbon emissions by 2040.

times‘ Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman write:

The proposed rule is sure to face opposition in Congress from the fossil fuel industry, power plant operators and their allies. That’s likely to lead to an immediate legal challenge from a group of Republican attorneys general that has already sued the Biden administration for stalling other climate policies. A future administration could also weaken the regulation.

The proposed regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency is being reviewed by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and could still be adjusted.

EPA spokeswoman Maria Michaelos said the agency is “moving urgently to advance standards that protect people and the planet, building on momentum from investments in President Biden’s America’s economic agenda, which includes new and Includes proposals to address carbon emissions from existing power plants. ,

It would not mandate the use of carbon capture equipment, a nascent and expensive technology; Rather, it would set limits on pollution rates that plant operators would have to meet. They could do so by using a different technology or, in the case of gas plants, switching to a fuel source such as green hydrogen, which doesn’t emit carbon, according to people familiar with the matter. But regulation could lead to wider adoption of carbon capture technology, the people said.

read full new York Times piece here,