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EPA to unveil new climate plan to allow states to use cap and trade systems

  • The Obama administration is planning to introduce next week a new climate-change initiative that would allow states to use cap-and-trade systems, renewable energy and other measures to reduce carbon emissions by existing power plants.
  • The proposal, which would affect hundreds of power plants nationwide, is designed to allow states some flexibility in meeting benchmarks instead of placing emissions limits on individual plants.
  • The EPA is scheduled to complete the rule by June 2015 with states submitting their plans the following yea. but likely lawsuits and political opposition could easily upend that timeline.
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  • nemonemo
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    Yet another way Obama destroying this nation.
    27 May 2014, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    No. The problem is that he has waited too long to do something about a very real problem -- global warming.
    28 May 2014, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • ddehne
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    Is there any limit to the stupidity and corruption coming from this administration and their EPA thugs? Regardless of his highness telling us the debate over climate change is over, it is not! It is foolish to think that America can impact total global CO2 emissions. To ignore that fact is stupid!
    27 May 2014, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • Topcat
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    We can't do it alone, but if we set a good example and lead other countries will follow. Forget the denier debate, the fact is we have to adapt to the changes and minimize the effect. This is not a bad idea leaving it to the states, as some red states have most concentration of deniers. Collect them together. Look at the effect of California auto emissions standards, e.g. in LA area. You once could not even see the surrounding hills, people and companies were leaving. Now, the area is in a economic boom since humans can live there.
    27 May 2014, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • Topcat
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    Read here for background. Market based, and so republicans like it (or did, until Obama was for it).. good reading... it is a way forward to encourgage use of carbon reducing technologyes http://bit.ly/1wg89R5
    27 May 2014, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    Regardless, these moves will lead to a cleaner, healthier world for human beings now and in the future. Not to mention all of the other species. Coal is destructive on so many levels -- not just carbon emissions. And if you don't believe in the greenhouse effect, check the rising acidity levels in the oceans.
    28 May 2014, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    Yes. I lived in Denver during the 70s and you could barely see it from a few miles out. Much cleaner now but the main problem now is all the pollution from the oil and gas industry, especially all the increased production from fracking.
    28 May 2014, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • ddehne
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    No one wants pollution and when the EPA came into existence that was a good thing. But I'm sorry, CO2 is not a pollutant. In 2009 the EPA unilaterally declared that it is so the likes of Al Gore and the Green Lobby could have an excuse to syphon off tax dollars in the form of government loans and grants to companies like Solyndra who then "donated" money to Democrat campaigns. See how it works? Even the UN International Panel on Climate Change has admitted that the earth's temperature hasn't changed in the last 15 years. And tell me, when the earth's temperature rose between 900 and 1500 what caused that???? There were no utility plants or SUVs. Sometime when you have a chance, Google Shore Bank and the Chicago Climate Exchange and you'll get a real eye-opening look at the "Green" movement and how they are lining their pockets and playing the American people for suckers.
    2 Jun 2014, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • jrez
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    Awesome news! We pay high enough taxes as it is to subsidize the oil industry and to pay for the damage caused by climate change. We don't need to pay more. Move in the right direction.
    27 May 2014, 01:25 PM Reply Like
  • tstreet
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    Pay now or pay later. The damage caused by oil and coal companies is a direct result of our consumption of carbon and other pollutant producing fuels. The whole idea is to shift our consumption to less polluting fuels or less fuels in general. Plus, we don't pay higher taxes; we have just shifted the costs to future generations.
    28 May 2014, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • jrez
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    We do pay higher taxes, to subsidize the oil industry. We also pay every time we have to repair a road or a school or help out a business and to hire first responders to deal with the storm damage caused by climate change. Katrina? Hello? Hurricane Sandy? You don't think FEMA is funded by our tax dollars? Not to mention the increased foreign aid we pay to help out places damaged by the effects of global warming climate change.

     

    So yeah, we are all negatively impacted economically by climate change, and it's only going to get worse as long as we remain slaves to fossil fuel and the people who profit by polluting our environment. The deniers have to pay more, too, so that's the only real poetic justice here.
    1 Jun 2014, 12:59 PM Reply Like
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