EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulations for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions [June 9, 2014]   [open pdf - 440KB]

"Taking action to address climate change by reducing U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is among President Obama's major goals. At an international conference in Copenhagen in 2009, he committed the United States to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases 17% by 2020, as compared to 2005 levels. At the time, 85 other nations also committed to reductions. […] In June 2013, the President released a Climate Action Plan that addressed this and other climate issues. At the same time, he directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose standards for 'carbon pollution' (i.e., carbon dioxide, the principal GHG) from existing power plants by June of this year and to finalize them in June 2015. Under the President's timetable, by June 2016, states would be required to submit to EPA plans to implement the standards. […] This report summarizes EPA's proposal and answers many of these questions. In addition to discussing details of the proposed rule, the report addresses a number of questions regarding the reasons EPA is proposing this rule; EPA's authority under Section 111 of the CAA [Clean Air Act]; EPA's previous experience using that authority; the steps the agency must take to finalize the proposed rule; and other background questions."

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CRS Report for Congress, R43572
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