Today the Obama administration announced new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency with a goal of reducing carbon emissions over the next 15 years. The new regulations impose significant restrictions on power plants already in existence, including natural gas plants.
First, here are the goals and reasons for the regulations as outlined by the EPA:
Our climate is changing, and we’re feeling the dangerous and costly effects right now.
-Average temperatures have risen in most states since 1901, with seven of the top 10 warmest years on record occurring since 1998.
-Climate and weather disasters in 2012 cost the American economy more than $100 billion.
Although there are limits at power plants for other pollutants like arsenic and mercury, there are currently no national limits on carbon.
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