New rules to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants represent President Barack Obama’s boldest effort to counter climate change—guidelines that supporters and critics alike cast as a turning point in U.S. environmental policy. (National Geographic News)
The nice Nat Geo News article outlines four key issues about the new emission rules for U.S. power plants. Our resources can supplement each “takeaway.”
1. The United States is well on the way to meeting the goal of cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent . . . thanks in part to the fracking boom that has boosted a nationwide shift to cleaner-burning natural gas, and to the 2008 recession, which depressed energy demand.
2. It’s not a great day for coal, but it’s not an immediate death knell.
- Read through our encyclopedic entry to learn more about coal and why it’s a vital part of the U.S. economy and energy budget.
3. A few states will have tough choices ahead.
4. On their own, the new EPA rules won’t be enough to reduce climate change.