Report To UN Touts EPA Role In Curbing GHGs

The State Department has sent the United Nations a report that claims pending regulations under President Obama's climate action plan, including EPA's first-time climate rules for power plants, could help the United States meet its goal of cutting its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.The department on Jan. 1 sent the 310-page "climate action" report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, projecting GHG emissions and cuts that could come from regulations, voluntary programs, population growth and economic changes. The report says that EPA's existing and future climate rules play a significant role, with the report touting annual emission cuts by 2020 of 236 teragrams of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent from the agency's light-duty vehicle standards and 183.1 teragrams of CO2 equivalent from the agency's landfill air rules that control methane.

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