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US Republican attorneys general sue to stop EPA's carbon rule

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🗞️ Driving the news: Republican attorneys general from 27 U.S. states, alongside industry groups, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to challenge a new rule that mandates significant reductions in carbon emissions from coal-fired and natural gas power plants
• The rule, which aims for a 90% emissions cut by 2032, could drastically change the landscape of power generation in the U.S

🔭 The context: Part of President Joe Biden's climate initiative, this regulation targets one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in the country
• Critics argue that the required carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology is not yet viable on a large scale, which they claim makes the EPA's mandate unrealistic and illegal under the Clean Air Act

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: By enforcing stringent emissions standards, the EPA aims to significantly reduce U.S. carbon output, aligning with broader global efforts to combat climate change
• However, the controversy over the feasibility of CCS technology underscores the challenges in transitioning to cleaner energy sources

⏭️ What's next: The lawsuits could potentially reach the Supreme Court, setting up a significant judicial decision on the scope of the EPA's authority and the practicality of enforcing advanced emission reduction technologies across the U.S. power sector

💬 One quote: "The rule is setting up the plants to fail and therefore shutter, altering the nation’s already stretched grid," stated West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

📈 One stat: The challenged rule affects a sector that contributes nearly a quarter of the country's greenhouse gas pollution.

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