Obama may call for tougher rules on emissions
Sources say President Barack Obama may require power plants to curb emissions.
President Barack Obama in next week’s State of the Union speech will lay out a renewed effort to combat climate change that is expected to include using his authority to curb emissions from existing power plants, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal, relying on unnamed people who have talked to the administration about its plans, said Obama is said to be pushing for specific goals on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
That action fits within Mr. Obama’s larger strategy of making full use of his executive authority in areas where Congress is putting up obstacles to his agenda, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The speech is to be delivered Tuesday evening.
Obama is likely to signal he wants to move beyond proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules on emissions from new power plants and tackle existing coal-fired plants, people familiar with the administration’s plans told the Wall Street Journal.
The EPA has prepared rules for existing plants to minimize pollution from particulate matter, mercury and other toxins. But this would be the first time the agency regulates existing plants to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases scientists believe contribute to global warming, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A White House spokesman disputed the accounts of discussions surrounding the president’s intentions, but declined to be specific. The spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that any decision about the issue “would come later in the year.”
The president may not announce the specific steps in the speech itself. The White House would not specify what policy steps he might take, but said any steps would likely come later, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
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