U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is vowing to fight new carbon reduction guidelines released by President Barack Obama’s administration.
The Republican senator from Missouri describes the proposed regulations as an “unprecedented power grab” by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The plan released Monday calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. The intent is to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases coming from coal-fired power plants that can contribute to climate change.
The EPA is proposing specific goals for each state. Missouri would need a roughly 21 percent reduction in emissions compared with its 2012 levels.
Missouri generates about 80 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, one of the highest percentages in the nation.