States face unequal burden of carbon reduction targets

Pres. Obama’s plan to cut power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions places a widely differing burden on different states; EPA figures show targets for 2030 range from a 72% reduction in measured emissions rates to just 11%.

As well as having the highest emissions rate goal, North Dakota is being asked to make the smallest cut from 2012 levels (11%); Washington state has the lowest goal and is being asked to make the steepest reduction (72%).

Though Washington's governor supports the climate plan, heavy polluters, such as Louisiana and Texas, promise to fight the rules; the top U.S. emitter of greenhouse gases, Texas must cut ~100M metric tons of carbon dioxide from its annual emissions, more than the next three states combined.

The EPA says it is trying to be flexible, but such an approach could leave it vulnerable to legal challenges.


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  • oilman545
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    Good. Its about time somebody is doing something about it. Reducing CO2 emissions is good for everybody.


    3 Jun 2014, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    We need more warming anyway. It was very cold this winter


    Did you see what happened to NatGas and Propane?


    Maybe the poor people can get an account at Goldman Suchs, and trade carbon credits and CDSs on debt of Coal companies in order to heat their homes, with the inevitable higher prices that will result because of these Global warming alarmists.


    There is a finite amount of space in Florida anyway. We need some more warm weather states.
    4 Jun 2014, 12:27 AM Reply Like
  • Edotte
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    Science, or more particularly paleontology has proven that there were times in the geological past where the CO2 was higher but global temperatures were LOWER and CO2 was lower but the global temperatures were HIGHER. This in-and-of-itself proves, beyond reasonable doubt that CO2 is not an automatic variable to increase temperatures. And if you look at solar activity and indirectly solar sunspots you will see a direct correlation to global temperatures. But if I were a libbie scientist, on the dole from the government with grants I would not publish a paper saying it is all fake because the funding would dry up. I would want to "study" it more and retire and suck up the retirement benefits the rest of private industry does not get anymore.
    3 Jun 2014, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    TX needs to fight the good fight.


    Those with any sense will tell the EPA that crippling the economy to meet arbitrary numbers is a game for fools. China continues to laugh at the fools we've elected as China continues toward becoming the largest superpower.
    3 Jun 2014, 10:10 PM Reply Like
  • shakazoid
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    Quoting China as an example sure validates your point that our air quality should not be regulated. Ever read about the pollution & air quality over there.Why is it that most people are so quick to turn everything partisan. Nothing good comes easy .
    4 Jun 2014, 05:50 AM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    50% of China's exports are from Global brands!
    4 Jun 2014, 06:12 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    CO2 is not a pollutant. Anybody arguing otherwise is full of Hot Air.


    Junior High science class 101.


    When perfect combustion is finally achieved, we have only CO2 and Water vapor as a by-product.
    4 Jun 2014, 06:57 AM Reply Like
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