Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he’s reviewing the potential effects of the proposed rules, and Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe said they’d have little global effect beyond hurting the economy and raising prices for consumers.
The limits on carbon dioxide emissions apply to new coal and natural gas-fired plants. But they will have a greater effect on coal units, which emit almost twice as much carbon dioxide as natural gas units. The proposed rule is unlikely to affect Oklahoma in the near future, since the state’s two largest electric utilities have no current plans to build coal plants. Those plans are in line with the broader utility industry, which is moving toward natural gas for new power plants.
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