White House rolls out new emissions standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) — President Barack Obama has taken a stand against pollution and climate change by rolling out new carbon emission standards for power plants in the United States.

The president’s plan calls for a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the the year 2030. Certain states that rely heavily on coal, such as Ohio and West Virginia, won’t have to cut the full 30 percent.

Different states also have different deadlines to comply. Under the plan, states will be required to submit plans to the agency by June 2016.

Some critics said this will cause energy prices to skyrocket, but the EPA Administrator said they’re wrong.

“Any small short-term change in electricity prices would be within normal fluctuations the energy sector already has dealt with for years and any small price increase is about the price of a gallon of milk a month,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Environmental groups are applauding the proposal, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said this will kill jobs in coal-fired power plants in his state and across the country.

Republican Congressman Bill Johnson of Marietta also is not impressed.

“Americans deserve better than this. In an economy mired by sluggish economic growth, the last thing hard-working taxpayers should be doing is paying higher electricity costs. I don’t know anyone who is against clean air, but the EPA has doled out one red-tape regulation after another, and enough is enough,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s colleague in Congress, Tim Ryan, D-Niles, supports the new EPA standards. He said he believes the proposal will help reduce pollution, while pushing the energy industry to find new, cleaner uses for coal.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

1 thought on “White House rolls out new emissions standards

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s