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Monday, 22nd December 2008

Imported Coal Power Could Undermine Northeast Global Warming Cap-and-Trade System

Imported Coal Power Could Undermine Northeast Global Warming Cap-and-Trade System
Source: Union of Concerned Scientists

The Northeast's cap-and-trade system for global warming pollutionóthe first of its kind in the nationówill be compromised unless utilities are prevented from importing additional coal-fired electricity, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which applies to power plants in 10 Northeastern states, does not preclude the utilities that supply electricity to Northeast homes and businesses from buying more electricity from coal-fired power plants outside the region. That could increase the carbon dioxide emissions from those plants outside the region, offsetting emissions reductions under RGGI.

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