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EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

States Already Moving To Blunt Obama's Carbon Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.

The rule, which is expected to be final next year, will set the first-ever national limits on carbon dioxide, the chief gas linked to global warming from the nation's power plants. They are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., accounting for about a third of the annual emissions, and make the U.S. the second largest contributor to global warming on the planet.

The regulation is a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's plans to reduce the pollution linked to global warming, a step that the administration hopes will get other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year.

Environmental Protection Agency data shows that the nation's power plants have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 13 percent since 2005, or about halfway to their goal. But with coal-fired power plant already beleaguered by booming natural gas supplies and other environmental regulations, experts on Sunday said getting there won't be easy. The EPA is expected to offer a range of options to states based on where they get their electricity from and how much carbon dioxide they emit in the process.

Obama has already tackled the emissions from the nation's cars and trucks, announcing rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by doubling fuel economy. That standard will reduce carbon dioxide by more than 2 billion tons. The power plant proposal will prevent about 650 million tons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere, based on the 30 percent figure.

The EPA refused to confirm the details of the proposal Sunday. People familiar with the proposal shared the details on condition of anonymity, since they have not been officially released.

The details were first reported Sunday by The Wall Street Journal.

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davidrkelly928 June 01 2014 at 7:24 PM

I say "we the people" ban this and other idiots from DC

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justworkinggirl June 01 2014 at 7:26 PM

Oh goody! Can't wait to pay more to keep my freezing butt warm when all this global warming drives temperatures down below zero again for 3 solid months like last winter!

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detkoncp June 01 2014 at 7:29 PM

This should help all of Obama's Solar Power friends and cronies.

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sd69plan June 01 2014 at 7:31 PM

There goes our rates, through the ceiling.

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samhood52 June 01 2014 at 7:31 PM

It's been 150 years since some states attempted to escape from Washington DC's tyranny. What's the saying? "If at once you don't secede; try, try again."

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stepnet3 June 01 2014 at 9:49 PM

After reading some of these posts, I realize there is a lot of conern - but folks please don't worry. Obama won't be cutting back on any of his fundraising travels so all will be normal for him as he lives in his utopian kingdom funded by those of us who work to pay taxes and higher electric bills.

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user406324 June 01 2014 at 8:35 PM

Obama must be stopped. He has done more to bring harm to the inhabitants of earth than anyone in history. His stupidity will be paid for by many future generations.

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tgown4321 June 01 2014 at 7:31 PM

wait until you see our light bills then. 1,000.00 a month China will be handing out gas mask as you have your one child over there. I guess we just build a wall to protect our country from all the others. Start with China let them show us the way!!!!

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spdaneed June 01 2014 at 7:31 PM

I know it's too much to ask but I hope that group in the place called "the administration" has done their homework on this one instead of piling up volumes of regulations and innumerable speeches to justify his next attempt at creating a legacy besides the one he already has.

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dbrby June 01 2014 at 7:30 PM

i dont think we are the only ones thatshould be doing some thing about this look at all the polution in china !

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