Blunt Plans to Fight Obama's Carbon Emission Plan
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is vowing to fight new carbon reduction guidelines released by President Barack Obama's administration.
The Republican senator from Missouri describes the proposed regulations as an "unprecedented power grab" by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
The plan released Monday sets goals for each state to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that can contribute to climate change. Missouri would need a 21 percent reduction in emissions by 2030, compared with 2012 levels.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is withholding judgment while she studies the proposal and gathers public input.
Missouri generates about 80 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, one of the highest percentages in the nation.
Environmental groups say Missouri can meet the goal if utilities rely more on renewable energy sources.