Obama plan seeks 32 percent carbon cut, meets business resistance

President Barack Obama on Monday laid out the specifics of a plan to control carbon emissions from power plants, the country’s largest source of greenhouse gasses.

The regulations, published by the Environmental Protection Agency, would require plants to reduce carbon emissions to 32 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. The president’s plan details different emissions targets for each state and would allow regulators to develop custom strategies for reducing output in each state.

In Missouri, that would mean a shift from coal-burning power plants to natural gas, wind and other renewable energy sources.

Several states, along with business groups, are expected to sue to block the rules. The coal industry, which has political influence in Missouri, is also expected to sue.

Environmental advocates welcomed Obama’s announcement and challenged the notion that it would be bad for business, saying the new rules could drive job creation around alternative energy.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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