This article was co-authored by Kristin Meek and was republished with permission from the World Resources Institute, a global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.
Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever standards to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. After an extended comment period during which the agency received more than 4 million comments, EPA is expected to finalize the plan this summer. By addressing the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this plan is one of the most important near-term tools the country can use to help reach its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Here are 5 key questions to keep in mind as we look forward to the final Clean Power Plan: