EPA Wants Coal Emissions Cut 30%

    JAENSCHWALDE, GERMANY - AUGUST 20:  Steam rises from cooling towers at the Jaenschwalde coal-fired power plant on August 20, 2010 at Jaenschwalde, Germany. The Jaenschwalde power plant is one of the biggest single producers of CO2 gas in Europe. The area of northern Saxony and southern Brandenburg is scarred with active and former lignite coal mines that feed local power plants like Jaenschwalde, and a large-scale project is underway to flood the massive pits and convert them into lakes for tourism. The Lausitz and Middle German Mining and Administration Association (LMBV) is converting a total of 51 former mines into lakes, and a similar project is planned for former mines in neighboring Poland.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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    The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday will announce the most sweeping effort to date by the United States government to combat climate change: a draft rule to seek a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by American power plants by the year 2030. The new plan will eventually completely restructure the U.S. energy industry, but give states a menu of options for how to achieve their emissions, including choices that wouldn't require them to immediately shut down coal-fired power plants, the largest source of greenhouse gases that have lead to the dangerous rise in global temperatures.

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