US Green Groups See Need To Nudge Obama's 'Opening Bid' on Carbon Cuts

"In large part, the wide-ranging reaction to President Barack Obama's signature effort to cut power plant carbon emissions could have been written months in advance.

Key Republicans and many industrial groups decried it as a job-killing war on coal that would drive up power prices; environmentalists and many Democrats hailed it as a landmark measure making good on Obama's pledge to tackle climate change.

Behind the bombast, however, more measured voices found a proposal that was not as severe as critics had feared nor as ambitious as proponents had hoped for. Basing the average 30 percent reduction on the year 2005 - near a high point for such emissions, before the economic recession reduced power use and the rise of shale gas dramatically curbed coal plant output - means much of that reduction has already occurred."

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters June 3, 2014.


"A Huge Majority of Americans Support Regulating Carbon From Power Plants. And They’Re Even Willing To Pay for It." (The Fix/Washington Post)

"Environmentalists Hail Reduced Emission Rules, Others Criticize" (NPR)

"Green Energy Investment Set To ‘Explode’ After Obama Unveils Carbon Cuts" (Aljazeera America)

Editorial: "Nearing a Climate Legacy" (Washington Post)

"Udall Defends EPA Climate Change Rules As GOP Readies Attacks" (KDVR)

"Gas Boom Dulls Carbon Rule's Effect" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: Reuters, 06/03/2014