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What Are The Legal Hurdles For The EPA's New Carbon Regulations?

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Last year, President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to come up with a plan to reduce carbon emissions at power plants across the country. The EPA has spent the past year coming up with a draft rule, which was announced today. The bottom line: power plants will have to cut carbon pollution 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

But before the regulations can be implemented, it’s almost certain they will be challenged in court. We’ll get an analysis of the legal barriers to implementing the rules.


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