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EPA Ignores UN Report (No Real Climate Change) & Forges Ahead With Destroying Coal Industry

Three months after President Obama vowed to get tough on climate  change, the Environmental Protection  Agency on Friday begins that mission by announcing long-awaited rules for  new power plants that, while slightly watered down, will be tough on the  beleaguered coal industry.

The regulations, under development for two years and recently finalized, set  harsh limits on carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power-generation facilities  and could, critics argue, eventually spell doom for American fossil fuels.

It’s the first major action in the White  House’s broad climate change agenda, cited by the president as one of his  top second-term priorities. New guidelines on existing plants are likely to be  announced next year.

Taken together, the moves could spur a dramatic shift in American energy and  power generation, with Friday’s announcement serving as a first step toward the  ultimate goal, analysts say.

“What this rule is — it’s a foot in the door to end coal, but not only that,  to end natural gas as well,” said Daniel  Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs at the conservative Institute for Energy  Research.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is expected to announce  regulations Friday morning that will be less stringent than previous proposals.  Earlier drafts, for example, limited coal-fired power plants to 1,000 pounds of  carbon dioxide per megawatt hour.

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