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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DEEP Commissioner Esty Speaks Out On National Greenhouse Gas Standards

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty weighed in Tuesday afternoon on the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s release of the first-ever national standards from greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel fired power plants.

Esty, shown at left in a 2011 New Haven Register photo, called EPA’s action “an important first step.”

“While Connecticut already participates in a program to limit these emissions, I am confident EPA’s requirements for new power plants can successfully co-exist with our program – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,” he said.

 “EPA’s proposed standards are both  reasonable and achievable.  These standards will help move Connecticut and the entire nation to a cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy future.”

The standards released by the EPA will now face a 60-day comment period. And already, according to the Associated Press, energy industry representatives and Republicans have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill off coal, the dominant U.S. energy source.

At the same time, the AP is reporting that environmentalists are critical of the standards because they aren't tough enough on coal-fired power plants, which are one  of the largest sources of the gases blamed for global warming.

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