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     Jun 3, '14


US mulls drastic carbon emissions cut
WASHINGTON - US power plants would be required to reduce their carbon-dioxide emissions by almost a third in coming decades, under a landmark proposal that constitutes President Barack Obama's most significant attempt to counter climate change.

While the federal government has long regulated a spectrum of



airborne pollutants from power plants, the rule marks the first time that carbon would be added to this list. That's particularly important given carbon-dioxide's outsized role in fueling climate change, and the fact that the US power sector is responsible for some 40% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Indeed, carbon alone accounts for more than 80% of US greenhouse gas emissions, according to government estimates.

"In that we've never had carbon pollution standards, this proposal is revolutionary," Nikki Silvestri, executive director of Green For All, an advocacy group, told IPS. More ...

(Inter Press Service)





 

 

 
 



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