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Updated: Del., Md. Governors Applaud U.S. Plan to Curb CO2 Emissions

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UNDATED (WBOC/AP)- Both Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell say an Obama administration plan for reducing pollutants blamed for global warming is in line with steps their states have already taken.

In a statement, O'Malley, a Democrat, applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal Monday for cutting power plant carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The Maryland Energy Administration said Maryland emissions of all greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, have declined by 30 percent since 2006. It's not clear how close Maryland is to meeting the proposed federal rule's goal.

Markell, also a Democrat, said that by shutting down or fuel-switching Delaware's dirtiest power plants, the state achieved faster emissions reductions than any other state while reducing energy bills through efficiency, and creating opportunities for research, manufacturing, and construction jobs.
   
Delaware environmental secretary Collin O'Mara also noted the proposed rules simply echo what the state already has done on its own and as part of a regional greenhouse gas initiative with eight other states. He said Delaware has only one coal-fired power plant, the NRG Energy facility at Indian River, where some $300 million in clean-energy investments have been made.

Coal-burning power plants produce higher carbon dioxide emissions than natural-gas-fired plants. The Maryland Coal Association says the federal government wants to eliminate coal as an energy source.


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