Updated: June 3, 2014
Outside of Congress, on June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agencyannounced a proposed rule aimed at decreasing carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent over 2005 levels by 2030. Aimed mainly at shrinking pollution from coal-fired power plants, the rule would assign each state a target reduction level, but also gives states a range of options to use to achieve their targets. The proposal must go through a public comment period, and immediately drew protests from industry, from Republicans and from Democrats in states that depend heavily on coal-generated electricity.
As the EPA proposal moves forward and energy and climate change legislation is discussed in Congress, this page will summarize the money in politics aspect of the debate.
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