Can San Diego Meet New EPA Carbon Emissions Standards?
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Aired 6/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Kayla Race, policy advocate, Environmental Health Coalition
David Victor, energy expert, UC San Diego
New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The new rules cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change. It is one of the biggest steps any country has taken to slow down global warming.
In California, cutting greenhouse gas emissions is well underway. But San Diego faces a unique situation — the clean energy from the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations will be replaced partially with energy from fossil-fuel powered plants. How will that affect the state's efforts to meet these new goals?
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