Western Governors Discuss New Power Plant Rules

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is promoting new power plant rules to western governors as a way to deal with wildfires and floods.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy met with western governors in Colorado Tuesday. McCarthy emphasized states will have flexibility in developing plans to reduce carbon output. New proposed EPA rules set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent nationwide. McCarthy acknowledged that some governors, whose states depend heavily on coal, expressed concern about the new rules. The emission reduction deadline is 2030.

Some governors, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, have blamed climate change for increasingly destructive fires. Other governors, such as Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, disapprove of what they call the administration’s job-killing war on coal.