WASHINGTON (AP) – South Dakota will need to reduce its carbon emissions from power plants by nearly 35 percent by 2030.
That’s what’s required under a sweeping national proposal unveiled by the Obama administration on Monday. The plan is designed to reduce pollutants blamed for global warming.
Overall carbon emissions for the country would be reduced by 17 percent nationwide from 2012 levels under the proposal. But the plan sets individual targets from the Environmental Protection Agency for each state. And it would give states until at least 2017 to submit plans for how they will comply.
Government and energy officials in South Dakota say they’re still digesting the 645-page plan. But some, including the state’s Republicans in Congress voiced immediate opposition. Sen. John Thune says it would amount to an “energy tax.”
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