Why you should care about a new proposal to limit the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants
The US Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a proposal that could curb the amount emissions from coal-fired power plants by more than 20 percent.
The EPA has made a proposal to cap new coal- and gas-fired electricity generation at 40 percent of total emissions by 2025, a figure that would come in stark contrast to the EU, where carbon emission levels are still around 80 percent.
But some experts say that number could go higher because of the increased risk of coal-related accidents.
The US has a much higher share of carbon emissions than Europe, with more than one-third of the total emissions coming from carbon dioxide.
And the US also has a far higher proportion of coal plants, about 18 percent, than Europe.
The Environmental Protection Department said in a statement that the new cap will reduce carbon dioxide output by up to 40 percent over the next decade, a significant increase over the previous US cap.
“While we are aware of the high risk of an accident, this proposal will reduce the risk to the nation and to the economy by up- to 40 per cent,” the agency said.
But the EPA said that its new proposal will not reduce the total amount of CO2 emitted.
It said that it will also help meet the nation’s energy needs, but will not be enough to meet our nation’s goals for climate action.
“Our proposal will help us achieve our 2030 carbon budget target, which is $2.3 trillion in 2020 and $3.1 trillion in 2026,” the EPA stated.
It also said that the cap will also protect against future carbon dioxide increases, in part by limiting emissions in areas that were already exempt from the current cap.
But this could be difficult.
It could be that some of the existing exemptions could expire, which could create a problem in the future.
The new EPA proposal could be the biggest change to coal power since the landmark Clean Power Plan, which was approved by the Trump administration in 2020.
That program was intended to limit carbon dioxide levels from new and existing coal plants to levels that are below the 2020 levels.
The Clean Power plan, which EPA President Scott Pruitt is expected to propose as the US moves forward with its plan to curb CO2 emissions, aims to cut power plants’ carbon emissions by about 30 percent by 2025.
However, the agency has yet to put forward a proposal for a new cap on carbon dioxide from new coal plants.
A report released by the US Chamber of Commerce in May suggested that the EPA’s proposed cap on emissions from existing coal-burning power plants could actually lead to more emissions than the EPA would be able to cut by limiting CO2 from existing plants.
That study estimated that if the EPA cap is applied to existing plants and coal plants combined, the cap could result in more than $600 billion in lost economic activity by 2030.
But EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has said that his agency is not planning to impose a cap on CO2 levels.
And EPA spokesman Scott Kuchera told reporters that the agency is committed to reducing CO2 to a safe level and that it’s a critical issue for our nation.
“The EPA is committed for the future to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases,” he said.
“And we’re committed to doing so as quickly as we can.”