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Coal May Get More Time to Burn

Amid intense debate, the EPA hints it will slow down its plans to wean the U.S. off dirty energy

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The cornerstone of President Obama’s effort to address climate change is the first-ever federal rule limiting the amount of carbon dioxide that can be released by power plants, the source of a third of all U.S. emissions. The 645-page draft regulation, unveiled in June by the Environmental Protection Agency, would require utilities to cut emissions 30 percent by 2030, chiefly by forcing them to upgrade their older, dirtier-burning plants or by making them switch from coal to natural gas by 2020.