The Biden administration is reportedly finalizing a proposal that would require fossil fuel-fired power plants to cut or capture the majority of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2040 or face costly carbon capture technology. The proposed regulation, set to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), would mark the first-ever federal action aimed at reducing power plant emissions.
Many Republicans are skeptical of the proposed regulation, arguing that it could harm American businesses and result in electricity shortages. However, the electric power sector accounts for a significant percentage of total US emissions, making it an important target for emissions reductions.
As Republicans, we must prioritize the environment and work towards reducing emissions in a practical and responsible manner. While the proposed regulation is still under interagency review, the EPA plans to use all of its legally-upheld tools to address dangerous air pollution and protect future generations.