War on Coal: Why We Should be Moving Forward

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Last Tuesday, President Obama gave his climate change speech at Georgetown University, addressing one of the more controversial environmental issues: the increasing amounts of carbon pollution being produced from our power plants, and the lack of regulations on them. During his speech, Obama noted that there were absolutely no limitations on coal-fired power plants, allowing for the “unlimited dumping” of carbon emissions from these plants into our air. These plants alone account for 40% of the total pollution created on a yearly basis.

Several plans of action were mentioned in the climate change talks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being asked to work closely with state governments, industry and corporate heads, and various stakeholders in order to create and set carbon pollution regulations and standards. The was also up to $8 billion in loan guarantee funds mentioned, being put towards promoting and improving advanced fossil energy and energy efficiency…

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