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Submitted by rebecca on June 10, 2014 – 10:33 amNo Comment

Wyoming faces lower CO2 cuts than nearby states

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming will need to cut carbon dioxide emissions less than neighboring states under proposed new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

The EPA announced the rules last week and a goal of cutting emissions of the greenhouse gas by 30 percent nationwide compared to 2005 levels. The deadline to accomplish that would be 2030.

Wyoming would need to cut its CO2 emissions by 19 percent under the proposed rules.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Colorado and South Dakota each face 35-percent reductions. In Idaho, it would be 33 percent; Utah, 27 percent; Montana, 21 percent; and Nebraska, 26 percent.

Wyoming’s target reduction is lower in part because coal-fired power plants supply a large portion of thestate’s electricity, almost 90 percent.

Two-thirds of that electricity is exported to other states.

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