White House rolls out new emissions standards

Barack Obama in Oval Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WYTV) — President Barack Obama has taken a stand against pollution and climate change by rolling out new carbon emission standards for power plants in the United States.

The president’s plan calls for a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the the year 2030. Certain states that rely heavily on coal, such as Ohio and West Virginia, won’t have to cut the full 30 percent.

Different states also have different deadlines to comply. Under the plan, states will be required to submit plans to the agency by June 2016.

Some critics said this will cause energy prices to skyrocket, but the EPA Administrator said they’re wrong.

“Any small short-term change in electricity prices would be within normal fluctuations the energy sector already has dealt with for years and any small price increase is about the price of a gallon of milk a month,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Environmental groups are applauding the proposal, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said this will kill jobs in coal-fired power plants in his state and across the country.

Republican Congressman Bill Johnson of Marietta also is not impressed.

“Americans deserve better than this. In an economy mired by sluggish economic growth, the last thing hard-working taxpayers should be doing is paying higher electricity costs. I don’t know anyone who is against clean air, but the EPA has doled out one red-tape regulation after another, and enough is enough,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s colleague in Congress, Tim Ryan, D-Niles, supports the new EPA standards. He said he believes the proposal will help reduce pollution, while pushing the energy industry to find new, cleaner uses for coal.

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