EPA's McCarthy says significant changes possible in carbon plan

EPA chief Gina McCarthy says she expects for significant changes in proposed state emission goals before a final rule is issued next year if the individual states show they can’t meet the targets.

McCarthy says the agency made changes when developing its rules on mercury pollution in 2012 after utilities complained, and says she "wouldn’t be surprised if we made significant” revisions to the carbon proposal.

McCarthy notes "confusion" around the targeted 30% emission cuts, saying it’s not a goal of the plan but an estimate of what the EPA thinks can be achieved.

Coal names are broadly lower: WLT -4.4%, ACI -3.7%, ANR -2%, ARLP -1.9%, CNX -1.3%, CLD -0.3%, BTU -0.2%.

Big utilities are mostly higher: EXC +1.6%, AEP +1%, NRG +0.7%, D +0.5%, XEL +0.4%, SO +0.3%, PEG +0.2%, NEE +0.1%, DUK -0.2%


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  • Uain53
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    ".. McCarthy notes "confusion" around the targeted 30% emission cuts, saying it’s not a goal of the plan but an estimate of what the EPA thinks can be achieved...."


    OK, Gina.


    So to translate..... people who didn't know what they were talking about wasted alot of taxpayer money to create a proposal that was crap.
    3 Jun 2014, 09:30 PM Reply Like
  • Uain53
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    "..McCarthy notes "confusion" around the targeted 30% emission cuts, saying it’s not a goal of the plan but an estimate of what the EPA thinks can be achieved..."


    Translation.... wasted tax payer dollars to fund a study by clueless hacks that was ... crap.


    Way to go Gina!
    4 Jun 2014, 01:02 AM Reply Like
  • 6151621
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    Gina's taken in the Gov't version of Corporate Welfare. I'm sure EPA isn't making the world a better place.
    4 Jun 2014, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • comsense8
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    If the EPA had basic high school chemistry they should realize that CO2 is produced by life in a constant cycle of life with plants needing it to survive and emit oxygen for animals. It seems so obvious to me. I know so many good science teachers that are democrats, could not some of them been recruited as consultants in these cases? It should not require a PHD biologist to figure this out.
    4 Jun 2014, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • 6151621
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    I don't think a requirement to be an EPA regulator is understanding chemistry even at a qualitative junior high school level! Politics and social science likely much more important. It's too sad for everyone. I see US with relatively clean burning coal (in terms of particulate emission/ potential for say acid rain) compared to china, shipping coal to china. And why? To reduce CO2. It doesn't work like that. Science doesn't work this way. Shipping liquid natural gas is so inefficient this would also be a huge waste.


    Of course, if it's about politics it's possible they understand the science but only care about POWER. That would be an even sadder -- so I'll stick to assuming they don't understand.
    4 Jun 2014, 10:01 PM Reply Like
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    this was ordered to be "leaked" by obamas handlers to try and mitigate mid term election losses...they have been scaring utility and coal people to death and causing unemployment all over coal mining country and shuttering power plants....so who believes that B/S statement to attempt to save votes...it is likely to be changed after the Democrats lose the congress and and stop it from being implemented as stated .....so she is basically saying/admitting that they have been causing job losses and economic confusion all over america ....and it was all a big misunderstanding.....T... THE DEMOCRATS OUT ON THEIR ASSES......!!!!!!!....... and reid and all the retards....
    30 Jul 2014, 09:33 AM Reply Like
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