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US Senator Roy Blunt and southwest Missouri Congressman Billy Long have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to reconsider his idea of putting stricter regulations on new, coal-fired power plants. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
The regulations are over the levels of CO2, or greenhouse gases emitted from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, says these new standards would only apply to new, coal-fired power plants, and that they’re needed to protect the environment.
In the letter, Blunt, Long and other Republican representatives from Missouri write that the proposed standards are so high that it would essentially mean no one would build another coal-fired power plant.
The lawmakers contend that this would harm the economy and endanger the nation’s electricity supply.
Blunt and his colleagues contend that advancements in technology have made the goal ofnear-zero emissions from coal within sight, and that the proposed EPA rule would increase the cost of electricity generated from a coal plant by 80%.
To read that letter for yourself, you can click here.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.
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