EPA to propose cutting power plant emissions 30 percent


By Zack Colman | Washington Examiner

The Environmental Protection Agency will release a proposed rule Monday that seeks a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030, sources familiar with the plan confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Sunday night.

The rule also calls for a 25-percent cut by 2020, with both sets of reductions from 2005 levels.

The forthcoming proposal, the details of which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is a centerpiece of President Obama‘s climate strategy and would amount to the most far-reaching EPA effort to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. Coming after years of stalled climate action in Capitol Hill, the move would affect the nation’s 1,600 power plants, which account for 40 percent of the nation’s carbon emissions that scientists say cause climate change, and could fundamentally change the nation’s entire electricity system.

at Washington Examiner.