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New Directions Prompted by Climate Rules

Two dozen states are indicating they will legally challenge Obama administration climate rules, but many others seem prepared to move on.

Two dozen states are indicating they will legally challenge Obama administration climate rules, but many others seem prepared to move on.

Half of the states and some business groups indicate they will challenge federal rules that will throttle coal-powered electric generation and other sources of carbon, the New York Times reported.

American Electric Power, historically reliant on coal generation, said that while it intends to sue the government on the climate rules, it has some alternative ideas.

AEP vice-president, John McManus, told the Times, “We think it makes sense for states to at least start developing a plan. The alternative of having a federal plan has risks.” According to the newspaper, “he said that his company could support a cap-and-trade plan. ‘The initial read is that a market-based approach is more workable,’” he said.

In a related development, two former U.S. senators in a letter to the Wall Street Journal said the new federal climate rules should prompt fresh consideration of the nuclear power option.

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan provides a path forward for the country to value nuclear energy’s substantial environmental benefits, but this is just one piece of the puzzle. We must do more, and we must act now,” wrote Evan Bayh and Judd Gregg.

 

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