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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

EPA Issues New Rules for CO2 Emissions from Power Plants

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed the first ever standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants -- a move welcomed by environmentalists but criticized by some utilities as well as Republicans, who are expected to use it as election campaign fodder.

The standards have divided the power industry between companies that have moved toward cleaner energy, such as Exelon and NextEra, which rely on plants fired by natural gas, and those that generate most of their power from coal, such as Southern Co. and American Electric Power.
In an apparent concession to his re-election bid, the rules supposedly only apply to new power plants, but I'm sure that won't last long.

Meanwhile, some commentary on this issue from around the Web: Gateway Pundit;  the Lonely Conservative; and Hot Air.

It should be noted that the U.S. clearly has some of the largest coal reserves in the world, and so by restricting the use of coal for energy production, Obama is making our energy production less secure and more dependent on foreign sources.

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