Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Clean Power Plan, which plans to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The U.S. levels in 2013 were 10% below those of 2005 – a growth of 2% from 2012 levels.

The EPA said that the combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity was responsible for 38% of CO2 emissions between 1990 and 2012. Electricity generation was followed by transportation at 32%, industry at 14%, residential and commercial at 9%, and various non-fos...


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