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Will Obama Seize Key Opportunity to Fight Climate Change?

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Policy experts from the environmental organization Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Tuesday unveiled what they are a calling a "groundbreaking proposal" designed to combat the threat of climate change by sharply reducing carbon pollution from America's fleet of aging power plants.

The proposal, contained in a report titled Closing the Power Plant Carbon Pollution Loophole: Smart Ways the Clean Air Act Can Clean Up America's Biggest Climate Polluters, promises to thwart the unwillingness (or inability) of Congress to rein in carbon pollution by advocating that the Obama Administration-by implementing regulatory authority already granted to the EPA-go after the country's largest source of climate-changing pollution: emissions from hundreds of US coal and gas-fired plants.

"The President put climate change on the national agenda, and NRDC's plan shows how the United States can make big reductions in carbon pollution that drive climate change, with a flexible approach that promotes clean energy investments and delivers big benefits for Americans' health," said Peter Lehner, NRDC's Executive Director. "This year's ravaging heat waves, drought, wildfires and Superstorm Sandy underscore why the nation must tackle head-on the biggest source of dangerous carbon pollution now."

By calling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to set standards for these existing plants-America's largest source of carbon emissions that fuel climate change-NRDC says the move would "cut millions of tons of carbon pollution, save thousands of lives and create thousands of clean energy jobs."


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