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'Obama wants to force coal plants to reduce emissions'

A plume of exhaust extends from a coal-fired power plant built along the Monongahela River on September 24, 2013 in New Eagle, PennsylvaniaUS President Barack Obama wants to force coal energy plants to reduce emissions and pay for greenhouse gases they do emit through a cap and trade system, the New York Times said Thursday. Asked by AFP, the White House did not confirm that such a plan is being considered by the president, who has struggled to fulfill his campaign promises on fighting climate change, with most of his initiatives blocked by lawmakers in Congress since 2009. According to the New York Times, Obama will bypass legislative avenues by using his executive authority to force coal power plants to reduce their emissions by 20 percent. The idea is to create a national cap on carbon emissions from coal and to let each decide how to get there through increasing energy production from wind, solar and other renewable sources, and by creating a marketplace where “government-issued pollution permits” can be bought and sold between states.

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