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C2ES in the News

Eileen Claussen talks to NPR’s Science Friday about the EPA proposal’s possible impact.

Elliot Diringer tells the Christian Science Monitor the proposal is one step toward reducing emissions.

Kyle Aarons tells the Washington Post how some states are already addressing their emissions.

Kyle Aarons tells MacLean’s the plan gives the U.S. a chance to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas targets.

Doug Vine talks about implications for the nuclear industry with the International Business Times.

EPA proposes carbon emissions limits
The U.S. took a major step toward reducing the carbon dioxide emissions that are affecting our climate. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, released June 2, would limit carbon pollution from existing power plants – the single largest source. Emissions would decline an estimated 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. C2ES outlines the proposal in a new Q&A and provides links to more resources.

Each state’s target is unique
EPA set a unique target emissions rate for each state to hit by 2030. Targets are based on each state’s capacity to achieve reductions using four “building blocks.” A new C2ES Proposed State Emission Rate Targets Map shows the wide variation.

States have multiple options to cut emissions
Under EPA’s proposed rule, each state could meet its target emissions rate however it sees fit, including by improving energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy, switching from coal to natural gas, and establishing or joining a cap-and-trade program. A new C2ES graphic and policy chart outline some of the options, and Kyle Aarons looks at the flexibility in the rule.

Claussen: EPA rule is “turning point”
C2ES President Eileen Claussen says EPA’s proposal is “an important, and long overdue, turning point in America’s response to climate change.” Claussen says EPA appears to be trying to strike the right balance – “a rule that’s strong enough to drive real action, yet flexible enough for states and utilities to meet it at a reasonable cost.”

What happens next?
The June 2 proposed rule is only a first step. President Obama has directed EPA to work closely with states, power plant operators, and other stakeholders as it aims to finalize the rule by June 2015. States would then have at least a year and maybe two to submit a proposed implementation plan, which EPA would have a year to review.

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