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Posted by: thepinetree on 06/02/2014 08:55 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/02/2014 08:55 AM
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EPA Proposes First Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Washington, DC... At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is today releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Today’s proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment and fight climate change while supplying Americans with reliable and affordable power. "Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source--power plants," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids. We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment--our action will sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs."

Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels.

With the Clean Power Plan, EPA is proposing guidelines that build on trends already underway in states and the power sector to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, making them more efficient and less polluting. This proposal follows through on the common-sense steps laid out in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the June 2013 Presidential Memorandum.

By 2030, the steady and responsible steps EPA is taking will:

· Cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States for one year;
· Cut particle pollution, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide by more than 25 percent as a co-benefit;
· Avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and up to 490,000 missed work or school days—providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits; and
· Shrink electricity bills roughly 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

The Clean Power Plan will be implemented through a state-federal partnership under which states identify a path forward using either current or new electricity production and pollution control policies to meet the goals of the proposed program. The proposal provides guidelines for states to develop plans to meet state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution and gives them the flexibility to design a program that makes the most sense for their unique situation. States can choose the right mix of generation using diverse fuels, energy efficiency and demand-side management to meet the goals and their own needs. It allows them to work alone to develop individual plans or to work together with other states to develop multi-state plans.

Also included in today’s proposal is a flexible timeline for states to follow for submitting plans to the agency—with plans due in June 2016, with the option to use a two-step process for submitting final plans if more time is needed. States that have already invested in energy efficiency programs will be able to build on these programs during the compliance period to help make progress toward meeting their goal.

Since last summer, EPA has directly engaged with state, tribal, and local governments, industry and labor leaders, non-profits, and others. The data, information and feedback provided during this effort helped guide the development of the proposal and further confirmed that states have been leading the way for years in saving families and businesses money through improving efficiency, while cleaning up pollution from power plants. To date, 47 states have utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs, 38 have renewable portfolio standards or goals, and 10 have market-based greenhouse gas emissions programs. Together, the agency believes that these programs represent a proven, common-sense approach to cutting carbon pollution—one in which electricity is generated and used as efficiently as possible and which promotes a greater reliance on lower-carbon power sources.

Today’s announcement marks the beginning of the second phase of the agency’s outreach efforts. EPA will accept comment on the proposal for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register and will hold four public hearings on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28 in the following cities: Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. Based on this input, EPA will finalize standards next June following the schedule laid out in the June 2013 Presidential Memorandum.

In 2009, EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution threatens Americans' health and welfare by leading to long lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment. Taking steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants will protect children’s health and will move our nation toward a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations, while supplying the reliable, affordable power needed for economic growth.

Fact sheets and details about the proposed rule available at:

More information on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan:

Video on today’s announcement from Administrator Gina McCarthy:

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-06-02 12:38:10   By: Anonymous
Obama, in a conference call hosted by the American Lung Association, said the plan would both shrink electricity prices and protect the health of vulnerable Americans. He scolded critics who he predicted would contend anew that the limits would crush jobs and damage the economy.

"What we've seen every time is that these claims are debunked when you actually give workers and businesses the tools and the incentives they need to innovate," Obama said.

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    Posted on: 2014-06-02 16:34:42   By: Anonymous
    Clearly he and you have been smoking too much coal soot. How is adding significant new regulations going to make the energy prices drop?? Oh I forgot he was going to scold them into submission.

    Just like all his other "scoldings" have proved so successful. He is now so ineffectual it is almost a dark comedy. All his "scoldings" have done in the last six years is drive us back into another depression.

    Our GDP is shrinking!!!!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-06-02 12:39:06   By: Anonymous
lower energy costs will interest people in moving up here. Cut your prices PG&E!

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Obama must go
Posted on: 2014-06-02 18:35:25   By: Anonymous

There is no such thing as carbon pollution!

The earth has not warmed in over a decade!!

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    Up is Down
    Posted on: 2014-06-02 19:41:23   By: Anonymous
    Deny deny deny.
    Back to the bush stupidity.
    Yeah! stupid is fun!

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      Re: Up is Down
      Posted on: 2014-06-02 21:11:58   By: Anonymous
      In 2008, President Obama campaigned that,“If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them. Under my plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” He said this to the liberal San Francisco Chronicle editorial board in seeking their endorsement.

      Hang on to your wallet, kool aide drinker. The messiah is about to screw you too.

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        Re: Up is Down
        Posted on: 2014-06-02 22:55:47   By: Anonymous
        if our President had dictator powers, maybe. But our country doesn't grant dictator powers to the President.

        Stop makin' up stuff. It makes you look so stupid.

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          Re: Up is Down
          Posted on: 2014-06-02 23:50:49   By: Anonymous
          Oh no. He doesn't have dictate powers.

          But he can write as many Executive Orders as he pleases.

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      Re: Up is Down
      Posted on: 2014-06-02 23:59:29   By: Anonymous
      You would know best stupid is fun.

      How are you going to understand climate if you don't know what's going on in our solar system? Every planet is going through a change right now. It is not man-made. The sun is going into a solar shutdown. Bet you didn't know that. The earths magnetic field is 15% weaker than it was 100 years ago. This is not caused by man. There is not a single planet NOT going though a change right now.

      Climate change is real.
      Climate extremes will be more common.
      Pollution is real.
      The Earth is in a cooling trend. Not a heating trend. Look at the data. Not what your told.
      We broke 500 heat records last year? Eh?
      We broke 1500 cold records.

      Do you still think stupid is fun?

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        Re: Up is Down
        Posted on: 2014-06-03 17:46:05   By: Anonymous
        That is why it is called climate change instead of global warming. Some places will be hotter with droughts, some will be colder. Only time will tell.....

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          Clean Coal
          Posted on: 2014-06-03 20:01:52   By: Anonymous
          Obama also talked the BS "clean coal".

          Obama talks a good talk like Reagan.

          It's still BS.

          The point- we're way past the point of no return-350PPM CO2.
          We're nearing 450 PPM.

          We're on the path to destruction. Dr Tyson explains it so well on Cosmos.

          The climate deniers paid by the oil cos, Koch bros are a distraction from truth.

          The Tea party, paid for by the Kochs.

          Do you care for your children, and their children's future?

          If so, wake up, we can't stop the damage being done by fossil fuel burning, it;s too late. We can slow down the cascade of CO2, methane, and speeding up the process.

          It starts with facing the facts.

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