In an article published on June 2, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration is taking action on carbon pollution. The administration is acting to cut pollution emitted from the nation’s power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. If the ruling accomplishes its goals, it will lead to sweeping changes in how electricity is generated and used.
There’s a long way to go, however, before this carbon pollution plan can even take effect. The coal industry, as well as Republican legislators, are just two of the many groups who are expected to aggressively fight the ruling, which is not designed to become official for another year. Many of the more than 600 coal-fired power plants in the U.S. would be at risk of closing.
A Drastic Change
Again, there is going to be a huge fight ahead of this proposed ruling. Any time such a drastic change is proposed it will come under attack from all sides. But what is being proposed will, to say the least, be a true game-changer. According to the article, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates reducing carbon pollution by 30 percent would be equal to eliminating the amount of carbon produced by two-thirds of all the cars and trucks in the United States.
While advocates say this announcement “raises the bar for controlling carbon emissions,” opponents say it is a symbol of executive overreach that could create economic chaos. All we can say is, “stay tuned.” This proposed ruling is, to say the least, going to lead to a tremendous amount of fireworks over the coming months.
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By Abe Issa
Founder and CEO
Global Efficient Energy