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Industry Warns Carbon Rules ‘Not Workable’

coal power plantIndustry groups have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy warning that the carbon rules for existing power plants are “not workable,” The Hill reports.

The Partnership for a Better Energy Future, which represents 140 organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, National Mining Association, American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and more, wants the EPA to extend the public comment period for the new climate rules and change the proposed regulation, which would cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030 below 2005 levels.

“But assuming all things stay as they are, then we’ll see some action in the courts,” Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, told The Hill.

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2 thoughts on “Industry Warns Carbon Rules ‘Not Workable’

  1. Putting the brakes on global warming in 2018 with a project that has NO power plants involved.

    This elimination of 3.6 billion tons of CO2e gases by 2018 does not include the reductions of the existing power plants.

    These 3.6 billion tons of CO2e gases will create affordable “carbon credits” for those who choose to buy them.

    This should affect the EPA’s Clean Power Plan if they choose to consider the global effect of eliminating 3.6 billion tons of CO2e gases from a totally different industry.

  2. A full quote of my earlier comment (from http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/06/16/reducing-carbon-emissions-from-power-plants-goes-national-but-stays-local/ ):
    I have yet to hear a single substantive concern cited by pro-coal forces; that can properly be described as being anything other than a global warming denial. Previous attempts by those same forces to claim that other Clean Air or Clean Water rules would cost them too much or are too technically difficult or drive up the price of electricity far beyond customer abilities to pay; have all been seen in hindsight to be a bunch of baloney (at best). Besides which, focusing on classical economic arguments while ignoring the overwhelming scientific evidence of GHG climate forcings; is a typical denier meme.
    I expect the usual rounds of useless court battles and political grandstanding, followed by the inevitable (but unfortunately delayed) implementation of these common-sense and much-needed GHG reductions – even though these reductions do not go nearly far enough.

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