By Matt Owens June 2, 2014
The new EPA rules would have states choose from one of several paths to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants. The goal is to reduce emissions about 15% from current levels in 2014, or 30% when compared to 2005 levels, with the reductions accomplished by 2030. Unfortunately, this emissions reduction target is too small compared to the task at hand. Emissions must be reduced faster than this plan calls for.
Perhaps this plan will serve as an icebreaker and open discussion about the climate issue though, and that could be productive. There are solutions to global warming. This plan, as an icebreaker, could be part of the path to those solutions. But it certainly is not a solution itself, anymore than arming elementary school teachers with assault rifles is a solution to violence in schools.