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EPA Calls For 30 Percent Reduction In Emissions

Sara Newman |
June 2, 2014 | 12:29 p.m. PDT

Deputy Editor

EPA aims to reduce carbon emissions, targets coal (Twitpic)
EPA aims to reduce carbon emissions, targets coal (Twitpic)
The “nuts and bolts” approach that President Obama has adopted since his giant push for healthcare has given way to another serious piece of legislation, this time seeking to address environmental issues. 

On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a long-awaited proposal to reduce America’s carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The Clean Power Plan is as a “flexible proposal to ensure a healthier environment, spur innovation and strengthen the economy,” according to a press release by the EPA. 

The EPA is promoting this legislation as a “state-federal partnership,” under which they are urging states to develop their own plans. 

Critics, however, are calling the new proposal a “war on coal” because of the strict emissions limits for coal-fired power plans, and therefore the heavy consequences that such a policy will have on states with coal-centric economies. 

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