New EPA Rule Seeks to Cut Carbon Emissions 30% by 2030

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The Obama administration will seek to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants 30% by 2030, potentially one of the biggest steps any country has ever taken to confront climate change, people familiar with the plan said Sunday.

Emissions spew from a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station in Newburg, Md. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Seen as the linchpin to President Obama’s climate-change campaign and a key part of his legacy, the proposed power-plant rule will set state-specific targets for carbon-dioxide reductions and let local officials decide how best to meet the goals.

A formal announcement is expected Monday morning, but details began leaking out Sunday. Because the rule has not been officially issued yet, the 30% target reduction could be one of several options the Environmental Protection Agency  presents for public comment, environmentalists said.

The proposal will make good on a pledge the president made last year to tackle climate change through his executive authority in the face of congressional inaction on the issue.

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