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The White House is delaying this key climate rule. Here’s why

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

​​illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on The Washington Post or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its decision to delay finalizing regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from gas-fired power plants, aiming to significantly strengthen these rules
• This postponement means that the regulations, crucial to President Biden's climate agenda, won't be finalized until after the November 2024 election

🔭 The context: This decision responds to calls from environmental justice groups for more protective measures for disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by air pollution from gas plants
• It also aligns with Biden's effort to promote his climate achievements amidst a challenging reelection campaign, especially after criticisms for approving a significant oil drilling project in Alaska

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Power plants are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., contributing about 25% of the nation's total emissions
• Strengthening regulations on existing gas plants to also address pollutants harmful to neighboring communities signifies a more comprehensive approach to reducing emissions and protecting public health

⏭️ What's next: While rules for existing coal and new gas plants are expected to be finalized in April, the broader and more stringent rules for existing gas plants are postponed for further development
• This delay reflects a strategic move to ensure that the new regulations are robust and inclusive of various pollutants, aiming for greater emissions reductions and environmental justice

💬 One quote: "This stronger, more durable approach will achieve greater emissions reductions than the current proposal," (Michael Regan, EPA Administrator)

📈 One stat: The U.S. experienced a record number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2023, underlining the urgent need for effective climate action

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