Hopes for Impact of Carbon Rules in U.S. Are Modest

The new carbon pollution rules the Obama administration announced on Monday will help spur the natural gas industry and renewable energy like wind and solar power, but executives and analysts said they did not see the nation’s reliance on coal disappearing anytime soon.

The intent of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal — to reduce carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 — is to reduce the dependence on coal, which generates roughly 40 percent of the country’s electricity.

To achieve that target, states will have broad flexibility, meaning that reductions in coal use will come not only from relying more on other power sources, but also from making homes and buildings more efficient, both of which are already happening.

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