States move to blunt Obama carbon reduction plan

States move to blunt Obama carbon reduction plan

POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 6:14am

Lawmakers in about a half-dozen state already have acted pre-emptively

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; as President Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers.

The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, further diminishing coal's role in U.S. electricity production in the process. The Environmental Protection Agency refused to confirm the details of the proposal Sunday. People familiar with the proposal shared the details on condition of anonymity, since they had not been officially released.

The opposition to Obama's new carbon emission standards has been strongest in some states that have large coal-mining industries or rely heavily on coal to fuel their electricity. State officials say the new federal regulations could jeopardize the jobs of thousands of workers and drive up the monthly electric bills of residents and businesses.

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