Unsurprisingly, the coal industry is calling foul; one DC-based lobbyist representing coal and utility companies called the new proposal “surprisingly aggressive.”
Good. When the 50 most-polluting US power plants together amount to the seventh-largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world (behind Germany and ahead of South Korea), and the emissions from the top polluting plant in Georgia are equivalent to the total energy-related emissions of Maine, a bit of backbone is warranted, no?
In fact, to those who say the EPA’s new regulations could be the death knell for coal — Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said the administration is asking the industry “to do something that is technologically impossible” — we say, ring the bell!
To comment on the new carbon proposal, visit www.epa.gov.