Coal battle could be biggest in Texas

Coal battle could be biggest in Texas
Longview News-Journal
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:40am

The nation’s largest consumer of coal and top emitter of greenhouse gases and industrial pollution — will face a bigger challenge than any other state in complying with new air pollution standards unveiled Monday.

Taking aim at global warming, President Barack Obama introduced a politically charged plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from America’s power plants by a third by 2030.

With requirements to reduce emissions by 39 percent, Texas would account for more than a quarter of the total required. That drew immediate condemnation from Gov. Rick Perry and others who said the plan would slow economic growth and increase electricity rates.

“President Obama’s decision to impose drastic new restrictions on America’s energy industry is the most direct assault yet on the energy providers that employ thousands of Americans, and fuel both our homes and our nation’s economic growth,” Perry said.

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