In June, the Obama administration proposed the first-ever rules to govern carbon emissions from electric generating units, the largest carbon-polluting sector for the U.S. economy. These rules are occurring pursuant to the Clean Air Act and the result of key cases brought before the Supreme Court that clearly established that carbon is an air pollutant that requires regulatory action from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If done right, these rules will stand as a strong force to change the trajectory of our country’s carbon emissions and greatly accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.
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