New Carbon Regulations May Provoke Political Fight

Monday, June 02, 2014

Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station in Newburg, Maryland on May 29, 2014. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Today President Obama announces new rules on carbon emissions for existing, coal-fired power plants—an authority granted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Supreme Court in the 2007 case Michigan v. EPA. The case confirmed the EPA's power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. 

The EPA’s proposals would cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 percent by 2030, but not without a few lawsuits and political battles in the process.

Susan Tierney served as the assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton. Now a senior advisor at the Analysis Group, she explains the new regulations, and the potential for a long political fight ahead.


Susan Tierney

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Ron Thompson

The country needs a new energy policy.
The current one is so full of waste that it costs every household in America 21,700 dollars a year. Imagine if that could go towards consumer goods instead of 50% inefficiency in terms of CO2 and lost heat on generation and transmission - coal, oil, NG, and Nuclear all have this inefficiency.
New tech implementable and existing since 2008-2009 could reduce efficiency by 22% to 40% if we'd just install it. It's even made in America, so the jobs would stay here too.

Jun. 02 2014 12:15 PM

Heavy on the "newspeak". A flexible state oriented approach would involve the feds NOT imposing a bunch of new laws on states.

Jun. 02 2014 10:31 AM

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