US Govt. proposals for carbon emissions control on energy sector - 2014

On 2 June 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by US power plants of 30% from 2005 levels, by 2030.  In addition to reducing US contributions to greenhouse gases and climate change, the EPA claimed that reductions in related pollutants would have health benefits including avoiding 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.  Some Republicans argued the measures would lead to job losses including in the coal industry, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the regulations would cost the economy $50 billion a year.  The EPA countered that the measures would lower US electricity bills by 8%; it estimated the proposal would cost up to $8.8 billion annually in 2030, but would "lead to climate and health benefits worth...$55 billion to $93 billion per year in 2030."

Proposal by EPA

EPA page on the proposal, including text of proposed rule; "Regulatory Impact Analysis"; fact sheets on "Why We Need a Cleaner, More Efficient Power Sector", "Flexible Approach to Cutting Carbon Pollution" & other topics; links to submit comments or attend public hearing on proposed rule

Media coverage

"Obama Proposes Deep Cuts to Power-Plant Emissions", Jim Snyder & Mark Drajem, Bloomberg, 2 Jun 2014

"Obama's big environmental move: Demanding power plants cut carbon", CNN, 2 Jun 2014

"U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution", Valerie Volcovici & Jeff Mason, Reuters, 2 Jun 2014

Reactions by envirnomental NGOs

"Environmental Defense Fund Hails EPA Proposal to Limit Carbon Pollution from Power Plants", 2 Jun 2014
EDF action page in support of proposal

"Friends of the Earth statement on EPA's Clean Air Act rules for existing power plants", 2 Jun 2014

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): "Obama Administration Moves to Curb Carbon Pollution from Power Plants; NRDC: A Historic Step to Combat Climate Change", 2 Jun 2014

Union of Concerned Scientists: "Power Plant Carbon Standards: A Climate Game Changer", Jun 2014

"Obama’s proposed power plant rules fall slightly short of environmentalists’ hopes", Ben Adler, Grist (USA), 1 Jun 2014 - reactions from NRDC, Public Citizen

Groups opposing the measures

Consumer Energy Alliance: "EPA Air Quality Regulations Raise Concerns", 2 Jun 2014 (members include oil & gas, coal & energy companies, and other firms & business orgs.)

National Center for Policy Research: "Top Ten Reasons to Oppose President Obama's New Climate Regulations", 2 Jun 2014

US Chamber of Commerce: "Proposed Carbon Rules Would Deliver Blow to Economy", 2 Jun 2014