Monumental EPA ruling on coal plants

In a move that signals the start of our clean energy future, the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board has ruled that the EPA had no valid reason for refusing to limit carbon dioxide emissions, which cause global warming, from new coal-fired power plants.

(Sierra Club Press Release, Decision)

What's the take home point, you might ask? Carbon dioxide, the principle source of global warming, is a pollutant under the federal Clean Air Act.

Coal plants emit 30% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and this decision will affect all new and proposed plants. What does this mean for the Cliffside unit? Time will tell, but a green economy in NC seems a whole lot closer.

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