The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed indefinitely a much-anticipated final rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. Proposed a year ago, the rule was the first to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new plants. Once a limit is set for new facilities, the EPA is legally obligated to address existing plants, which pose the true climate threat for now. The United States’ power plant fleet is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. But the EPA missed an April 13 deadline to issue the final rule on new plants, without explanation.
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