Obama takes on coal, carbon limits

Coal Mine
This July 29, 2013, photo shows a coal mine working in Tatum, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is pressing ahead with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.

The regulation would reshape where Americans get electricity, away from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by cleaner sources of energy. It also is a key step in President Barack Obama’s global warming plans, because it would help end what he called “the limitless dumping of carbon pollution” from power plants.

The proposed rule packs the same punch as one announced last year. To meet the standard, new coal-fired power plants would need to install expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide and bury it underground.

The industry and Republicans say that means no new coal plants would be built.

– The Associated Press

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