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Published: Thursday 29 August, 2013

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The Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Wednesday applies to any industrial plant that emits at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gases a year. We know the corner coffee shop is no place to look for meaningful carbon reductions.

Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced it would start developing the firstever greenhouse gas emissio canadian goose uk ns standards for cars and trucks. Those regulations, which would take effect in 2010, compel the EPA to control greenhouse gases from large smokestacks as well, the agency said.

Industry groups immediately questioned the agencys argument. They charged that the EPA was skirting the law, since the Clean Air Act typically covers any facility releasing more than 250 tons a year of a recognized pollutant. That threshold would require more facilities to fall under the new regulations.

This proposal incorrectly assumes that one industrys greenhouse gas emissions are worse than anothers, said Charles T. Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners As canadian goose uk sociation.

Jeff Holmstead, a former canadian goose uk top EPA air pollution official who is now a lobbyist for the energy industry, said the agency was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Normally, it takes an act of Congress to change the words of a statute enacted by Congress, and many of us are very curious to see EPAs legal justification for todays proposal, Holmstead said.

Jackson, speaking at a news conference at a climate change summit being hosted by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the rule was legally defensible.

The EPA would not propose a rule that we didnt believe . made good legal sense, she said.

The EPAs announcement came hours after Senate Democrats unveiled legislation that would set limits on the amount of greenhouse gases from large industrial sources.

Environmentalists said Wednesday the two efforts go handinhand.

You cant have one without the other if were going to be successful in moving America to clean energy, said Emily Figdor, director of the global warming program at Environment America, an advocacy group.

The move will probably increase pressure on Congress to pass a bill to avoid less flexible, and what Republicans said would be more costly, regulations. Supporters of the legislation have already used pending EPA rules as leverage to get Congress to act.

Senate Republicans have already attempted to block the EPA from issuing regulations to buy more time for Congress to work on a bill. At least one Republican leader, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, said Wednesday that Congress would try to stop the EPA again. canadian goose uk