How Much Each State Has to Cut Carbon Emissions Under New EPA Regulations

Read the full story in Governing.

When the EPA announced it will require states to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, it wasn’t applying that exact target to everyone.

In practice, some states will have to lower emissions by more than 30 percent while others will cut below that, but the overall reduction would basically amount to the EPA reducation (see map below). That’s because the agency set up a formula that looks at states’ most recent emissions along with other factors such as their ability to shift to natural gas or expected closings of coal plants when setting a 2030 goal.

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