|By Vicki Vaughan, San Antonio Express-News|
The regulation, to be finalized next year, represents the strongest action yet by the
"This is not just about disappearing polar bears or melting ice caps," EPA Administrator
The proposal's announcement drew strong reactions from opponents and supporters.
"The air Texans breathe today is cleaner than it was in 2000, even as our population has grown by nearly 5.2 million people," Perry said.
Environmentalists and advocates of renewable energy praised the administration's plan.
"This action by the president is long overdue," said
"This is our responsibility for the generation coming after us, for whom we seem to have zero concern."
"No state is suffering more from the ravages of climate change than
But Smith said it's almost a sure thing that
CPS said it has "been on an aggressive path" to diversify its power generation sources.
"In the last few years, we've taken the approach that reducing pollutants in the air is the right thing to do,"
The utility said coal represented 31.8 percent of its capacity in 2010. By 2020, it estimates, its coal-powered capacity will decline to 17.2 percent.
CPS also cited its investment in nuclear power and its plan to reduce power demand through energy efficiency and programs that reduce demand.
Rather than adding costly pollution-control devices at its coal-fired
To replace Deely, CPS bought an 800-megawatt natural-gas-fired plant in
CPS has an agreement to buy 400 megawatts of solar power, and it's the largest municipal buyer of wind power in the country.
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