Obama Says Carbon Limits Needed for Power Plants
by The Associated Press,
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says carbon pollution limits need to be set on U.S. power plants in order to curb global warming.
Obama says rules are already in place to limit pollution from arsenic, mercury, lead and other substances, but no federal limits exist on how much carbon pollution that power plants - including many that are fired by coal - can dump into the air.
Obama says "that's not right, it's not fair, and it needs to stop."
Obama made his remarks Tuesday in a speech at Georgetown University, where he announced measures he intends to take to limit pollution that is trapping gases in the atmosphere.
The President, meanwhile, said scientists concur that the Earth warming and that human activity contributes to it.
Obama says that the debate over climate change has been put to rest.
Wyoming Lawmakers Respond
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyoming political leaders were quick to blast the President's plan. The Cowboy State is the nation's leading coal producer and produces about 40% off all US coal.
Senator Mike Enzi called the President's plan a "national energy tax." "It's a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, but it won't lower energy costs, it wont generate jobs, it won't get our economy at home growing again," Enzi said in an interview with K2 News. "Instead, [the proposal] will make it more difficult and expensive to produce the energy we need to power our homes and cars."
Enzi also said that increased electricity costs would generate higher living costs for Americans.
Senator John Barrasso, meanwhile, said that the proposal makes it harder and more expensive for America to produce energy. "In this economy, the last thing we need to do is to have a national energy tax that will discourage hiring and make energy even more expensive," said Barrasso in a statement.