18 May '11, 1pm

You've Got to Start Somewhere: A Climate Prescription: A former adviser to President Obama proposes giving utili...

Associated Press The W.A. Parish power plant in Thompsons, Tex., which has coal- and gas-fired units. Hoping to find a way around the current political impasse on climate change and energy policy, a former top adviser to President Obama has devised a policy proposal to drive down greenhouse gas emissions from the utility industry over the next 20 years. The plan, “Promoting Clean Energy in the American Power Sector,” borrows from a range of policy proposals, including President Obama’s latest clean energy policy , the cap and trade plan that foundered in Congress last year, and state-level clean electricity mandates. The proposal sets goals based on emissions intensity — the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of electricity generated — an idea pursued both by the Chinese government and by former President George W. Bush. The plan’s author, Joseph Aldy , a professor ...

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