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Proposed EPA Carbon Standards: The Impact on Texas

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a draft rule on reducing carbon emissions and its backers say for Texas, the effects would be cleaner air and a drive toward more use of renewaable energy. Photo credit: Peter Kratochvil/publicdomainpictures.net.
PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a draft rule on reducing carbon emissions and its backers say for Texas, the effects would be cleaner air and a drive toward more use of renewaable energy. Photo credit: Peter Kratochvil/publicdomainpictures.net.
June 6, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental leaders in Texas say the proposed rule on carbon emissions announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency will bring positive impacts to the Lone Star State.

The goal of the rule is to clean up carbon pollution from primarily coal-burning power plants, said Janice Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conversation Alliance.

"The EPA rule is especially important in Texas," she said. "Scientists are becoming increasingly convinced that our recent droughts are due to climate change. If that's true, we're going to need to be actively reversing the effects of climate change."

The EPA says power plants emit about one-third of carbon emissions in the United States related to climate change, and the rule aims to reduce that total by one-third. The agency is taking comments on the proposal for the next four months.

Among the criticisms of the draft rule is that it will lead to higher prices for electricity, but Bezanson predicted that the change will spur growth among the cleaner and greener sources.

"Texas is a prime example of the economic growth that can come from alternative sources of energy," she said. "Wind energy, solar power, natural gas - these are all key economic drivers here in Texas."

Bezanson also noted that the rules were put together with input from industry, government, public health advocates, and wildlife and sporting interests.

"They've been designed to give states as much flexibility as possible to implement the rules to work with their industries in their state," she said, "and do this in a way that is effective without being a hardship."

The EPA is planning four public hearings on the proposed rule, beginning in July.

Details of the rule are online at epa.gov.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - TX