"E.P.A. to Aim for a 30 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions"

"WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan.

The regulation takes aim at the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants. If it withstands an expected onslaught of legal and legislative attacks, experts say that it could shutter hundreds of the plants and also lead, over the course of decades, to systemic changes in the American electricity industry, including transformations in how power is generated and used.

It is also likely to stand as President Obama’s last chance to substantially shape domestic policy and as a defining element of his legacy. The president, who failed to push a sweeping climate change bill through Congress in his first term, is now acting on his own by using his executive authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to issue the regulation."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times June 1, 2014.


EPA Press Advisory for 10:30 am EDT announcement by Administrator Gina McCarthy of announcement on carbon emissions, including link to livestream.

"EPA Seeks To Cut Carbon Emissions Up To 30% By ’30" (Washington Post)

"States Already Moving To Blunt Obama's Carbon Plan" (AP)

"Obama Climate Change Policy Comes With Perils" (AP)

"EPA Chief To Announce Key Obama Climate Rule Monday — Without Obama" (The Hill)

"Tracking Obama’s Climate Rules for Power Plants" (Dot Earth/NYTimes)

"US Set To Unveil Rules To Cut Carbon Pollution From Power Plants By 30%" (Guardian)

"UN Climate Change Chief Praises New US Pollution Regulations" (Guardian)

"Obama's U.S. Carbon Cuts Likely To Win Muted Applause Abroad" (Reuters)

"EPA To Make President Obama's Big Move on Climate Change" (Los Angeles Times)

"Using Executive Powers, Obama Begins His Last Big Push on Climate Policy" (New York Times)

"Five Questions for Obama’s Climate Rule" (The Hill)

"Obama Previews New EPA Rules, Girds for Climate Fight" (ABC News)

"Obama Heralds Health Benefits of Climate Plan To Cut Power Plant Emissions" (Guardian)

"Ahead of Power Plant Push, Obama Ties Climate Change To Health Hazards" (Reuters)

"Obama Says Climate Change Growing Threat to Health" (Bloomberg)

"Obama Is Ready to Own the Climate Rule – Energy Edge Brought to You by Chevron" (National Journal)

"In Speech and EPA Rules, Obama Aims For U.S. Leadership on Global Warming" (Mashable)

"Greens Plan Huge Push for President Obama’S Climate Plan" (Politico)

"FACTBOX-Major Steps By the Obama Administration on Climate Change" (Reuters)

"Here’s Why The Carbon Regulations EPA Will Announce Monday Are So Important" (Climate Progress)

"Environmental Groups Focus on Change by Strengthening Their Political Operations" (New York Times)

"One Key Question on Obama's Push Against Climate Change: Will It Matter?" (National Geographic)

Source: NY Times, 06/02/2014