EPA Sets Draft Rule to Cut Carbon Emissions by 30% by 2030
Posted on 03 June 2014
WASHINGTON-The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a draft rule to regulate carbon emissions from hundreds of fossil-fired power plants across the U.S., the cornerstone of President Barack Obama's climate-change agenda. The proposed rule mandates that power plants cut U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions 30% by 2030 from levels seen in 2005, an aggressive target that marks the first attempt at limiting such pollution.
"That's like canceling out annual carbon pollution from two thirds of all cars and trucks in America," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in speech at agency headquarters Monday announcing the rule. "And if you add up what we'll avoid between now and 2030—it's more than double the carbon pollution from every power plant in America in 2012."