Friday, September 20, 2013

Quick Thoughts on EPA's Climate Proposal for Power Plants

There will be numerous people commenting today on EPA's new proposed greenhouse gas standards for power plants, so I will keep this short:

There is no need for me to re-hash the details of the proposal, available today from the EPA.

EPA should be congratulated. Cleaning up power plants could prove to be the signature environmental achievement and enduring legacy of the Obama Administration's second term.

But this isn't the end of the saga, only the beginning.  EPA still needs to move promptly to set final standards for new power plants and to deal with the more critical issue of emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

For critics who claim this will hurt the coal industry, I say baloney.  It is time for the "clean coal" lobby to put up or shut up. 

EPA is actually giving the coal industry a shot to compete.  But EPA is asking "clean coal" to live up to that description. It's about time.

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