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Business coalition denounces 'unworkable' EPA power plant proposal

Industry advocates previewed the message today they'll take to U.S. EPA listening sessions on the proposed carbon rules for existing power plants: The proposal jeopardizes the reliability of the U.S. power supply and threatens economic prosperity.

In a call hosted by the umbrella group, the Partnership for a Better Energy Future, Jay Timmons, the president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, said EPA's June 2 proposal is "simply not workable."

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Checking the variability of EPA's math leads some to question its Clean Power Plan

Under the Clean Power Plan -- U.S. EPA's ambitious proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants -- states are asked to meet widely divergent targets. Some, like North Dakota and Kentucky, would have to cut carbon intensity by less than 20 percent; others would have to hit reduction targets of more than 40 percent. Given the number of factors at play in determining each state's carbon intensity rate, the formula used by EPA is understandably complex. Over the past month and a half, state agencies have been working their way through it in order to recreate the agency's findings, and while most have found the basic formula to be sound, some are hesitating to endorse the logic behind it.

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McCarthy set to make first Hill appearance on power plant rule -- but will she change any minds?

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will face a Senate committee Wednesday whose members have largely already made up their minds about whether or not to support her agency's proposal to curb existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing is McCarthy's first trip to Capitol Hill to discuss the June 2 proposal but seems unlikely to be her last as Republicans on both sides of the Capitol search for legislative ways to scuttle the draft.

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Early movers lament EPA's use of 2012 as base year

U.S. EPA's top official for air quality issues said today that the agency is getting pushback on its decision to use data from 2012 to set state carbon intensity targets under an existing power plant proposal for carbon dioxide.

Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe said today at a breakfast hosted by ICF International that in the six weeks since the proposal was released, states and companies have quizzed EPA about its decision to base emissions assumptions on emissions from a single year.

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After years of political wrangling and Congressional impasse, U.S. EPA and President Obama make their boldest move yet to combat climate change. E&E tracks the lead-up, rollout and fallout from this historic proposed rule.

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