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Friday, June 13, 2014

Environment - "Kentucky, Indiana get head start on global warming regs"

James Bruggers of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today in a very long story:

Judging by the howls of protests, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first limits on heat-trapping gases from power plants could deal a fatal blow to the economies of coal-dependent states like Kentucky and Indiana. * * *

But Kentucky and Indiana may actually have a leg up on meeting the newly proposed regulations on greenhouse gases from power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the country. Each state's carbon dioxide emissions are already declining, and the rules were written to take into account their historic reliance on coal and manufacturing.

As a result, some experts are concluding that the EPA's Clean Power Plan unveiled June 2 won't be nearly as onerous as some industries and political leaders suggest, even as state regulators charged with enforcing them and electric utilities are still trying to determine their impact.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 13, 2014 07:55 AM
Posted to Environment