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Texas should cut emissions by nearly 40 percent

Texas has to cut its carbon emissions by 39 percent by 2030.  That's according to a new EPA plan announced today. 

The new requirements are incredibly controversial.  Environmentalists are praising the federal government's effort to clean up the air, but many Texas lawmakers are furious.  They say the plan will cripple the energy industry, destroy jobs and raise the price we pay for electricity. 

The EPA wants states like Texas to make power plants more efficient, reduce reliance on coal and invest more in renewable, low-carbon energy sources.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality leaders aren't saying much about the new rules.  They're busy reviewing the 600 page proposal.

A spokesperson for energy-giant Luminant says his company is in the same boat.  Brad Watson says, "It is a big rule, it covers many years, it has a lot of variables to it. So at this time we don't specifically know what the impact might be to the state of Texas or power generation. Like everybody else, we're just going to have to review it."

According to Luminant, Texas generates more power and consumes more power than any other state.  Company leaders hope they'll have enough time and flexibility to create a blueprint that's tailored to Texas' specific needs. 
The EPA is giving state leaders at least three years to develop that reduction plan. 

Click here to view statements from lawmakers and activists on both sides of the issue.
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