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EPA Official says climate change is happening on the High Plains


The Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says climate change is already happening in Kansas and the entire region.  Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reported Administrator Karl Brooks says the best way to minimize climate change is to implement the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Brooks says that’s because power plants are the largest uncontrolled source of carbon emissions in America.  He says the Supreme Court gave the obligation to regulate those pollutants nearly six years ago.

The EPA’s plan to regulate power plant carbon emissions hasn’t been finalized.

Proposed rules would require existing power plants in Kansas to cut carbon emissions by an overall figure of 23 per cent by the year 2030. New power plants would have to keep their carbon emissions below a set level—one that would be impossible to meet without using carbon capture and storage.

Brooks says the country’s in a better position to compete and win globally by moving toward a lower carbon economy.  He says that’s what markets want, investors reward, and customers prefer.

 Brooks says states like Kansas, which rely on agriculture to drive the economy, have much at stake as climate change is already causing more extreme weather of all types.