Closing the power plant carbon pollution loophole: smart ways the Clean Air Act can clean up America’s biggest climate polluters

Power plants in the United States released almost 2.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2011, more than any other source of this dangerous heat trapping pollutant. The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for setting standards to reduce these emissions. This report describes and analyzes a flexible and highly cost-effective approach to setting power plant carbon pollution standards that would clean up and modernize America’s aging electric power system.