EPA Against The States
Carbon Emission policies pits these institutions against one another
The Obama administration has been a supporter of environmental efforts for a long time. When congress defeated the president’s efforts he went to the Environmental Protection Agency that has special power under the clean air Act to get power plant emissions lowered. The president’s efforts paid up as the EPA proposed a plan to achieve lowering of emissions by forcing states to lower their carbon footprint.
The plan started last year but this year it will become a big issue again. Since it’s conception, there have been a lot of resistance by local governments that want the maximum amount of flexibility to meet the EPA objectives. As a reminder, the EPA wants states to lower their carbon footprint by 30 percent of levels found on 2005. This goal would have to be met by 2030 if states don’t want to get penalized by having regulations impose to them by the EPA. The levels that are acceptable however vary from state to state, for example North Dakota has to lower its emissions only by 11 percent, as oppose to Washington which has to meet a 72 percent decrease. This all debate was live streamed on many television channels. you can also watch cnn live to get more updates.
Needless to say, with the deadline approaching for the start of the plan, everybody seems to be up in arms about it. Republican Governors from 15 different states sent a letter to the president warning him that this plan would only cost money and would fail to address the problem of clean energy and that it would violate the states’ authorities to self regulate. Nick Rahall of Virginia said last year that “This new regulation threatens our economy and does so with an apparent disregard for the livelihoods of our coal miners…” Just for the record, the new plan would make coal producing states to have a lower emissions target than others. Other argue that the price of the new plan would be too high to actually help. In response to this, the administrator of the EPA has said that instead of taking jobs away it will “protect” not only the health of our population but also those very jobs. Since the development of new technology would spell jobs for many Americans.
The issue has become polarizing as some states are joining together to stop the new rules via a lawsuit. Other states are hoping that they can ignore the new rules long enough for the presidency to go to someone else. If this happens the issue will go into the court system and then into oblivion. However, now that there is a Republican congress the issue is going to get picked apart with a fine comb to get as much political benefit as possible.
The fine details of the new rules are still debatable since its completion has to come in June. From then on the states have one more year to prepare regulations for their own states trying to meet the president’s goals. Some states will get recognition for making legislation together with their neighbors.Whole coverage on issue of Epa was covered by http://www.hulkuss.com/cnn-news-live-streaming/.