Tuesday, March 27, 2012

EPA's new carbon emission rules (Slate Blog)

EPA's New Carbon Emissions Rule Spells The End For New Coal-Fired Power Plants

With congress refusing to create a comprehensive framework for regulating greenhouse gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency rule-writing process is trundling forward to promulgate regulations within the existing statutory framework. This week—possibly as early as today—the first step in that process will finally unfold as the Agency sets New Source Performance Standards* for the construction of new power plants that will de facto make it impossible for conventional coal-fired facilities to get off the ground.

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