EPA Rule Would Spell End of the Dirty Coal Age

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is mulling a common-sense rule that, for the first time, would set caps on the carbon pollutants that future fossil fuel-fired power plants may lawfully emit. Carbon dioxide emissions from new plants would be limited to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour. This would essentially provide the unceremonious end to the age of dirty coal.

The proposed standard would allow future plants to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, but only if they're natural gas plants, which would comply easily, or coal plants that rely on new, costly technologies that reduce carbon emissions.

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