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How Will the Clean Power Plan Play Out in Texas if Legal Challenges Fail?

Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to […]

Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to block the plan, though set a date of June 2 to hear oral arguments. While that challenge plays out in court, states have until early September (9/6/16) to submit a plan to meet the new standards. If Texas does nothing, the EPA can impose its own plan on the state.

So, will Texas actually prepare a plan, or apply for an extension, or simply take its chances with the courts? We talk it over with News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Dave Fehling.

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