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Editorial: EPA changes are a down payment on a viable planet (Detroit Free Press [MI] , 06/06/14)
"It’s a sensible, long overdue initiative that anyone interested in the next generation’s health and welfare should welcome. The new rules announced by the Environmental Protection Agency would set tougher emissions standards for the nation’s power plants, which generate more than a third of the carbon dioxide emissions most implicated in climate change. ... Any hazards posed by the new guidelines are almost certainly dwarfed by the long-term benefits to Michigan’s physical and economic health."

Editorial: Positive move on emissions (Carroll County Times [MD], 06/05/14)
"A plan laid out this week by the Obama administration to cut pollution from power plants already is facing stiff opposition, but for states like Maryland, which has already cut emissions considerably in recent years, holding other states accountable serves to level the playing field and increase the overall effectiveness of national pollution control efforts.... Ultimately, we need to continue to find ways to reduce pollution, protect our national resources and preserve our planet for future generations."

EDITORIAL: Minnesota leads in reducing emissions; New EPA policy would catch up to this state’s healthy pace. (Minneapolis Star Tribune [MN] , 06/05/14)
"Increasingly, Americans recognize that the climate changes caused by greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to their way of life and that reducing those emissions from their largest categorical source — aging coal-fired power plants — is essential to bending the climate trend lines in a more positive direction....Increasingly, Americans recognize that the climate changes caused by greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to their way of life and that reducing those emissions from their largest categorical source — aging coal-fired power plants — is essential to bending the climate trend lines in a more positive direction."

Editorial: EPA moves needle on greenhouse gases (Recorder [Greenfield, MA], 06/05/14)
"What the EPA draft regulations represent is not a dictatorial stance by the Obama administration but an effort to work together with all interested parties to achieve cleaner air."

Editorial: Cutting carbon (Gainesville Sun [FL] , 06/05/14)
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put Florida on notice that it's finally time for the Sunshine State to tap the full potential of solar power and other renewable energy sources....The consensus among an overwhelming majority of climate scientists is that warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. Rather than continuing to waste time on that debate, it's time for action....Florida should instead fully embrace energy efficiency, solar power and other renewable fuels. The result would be a brighter future for the Sunshine State in which residents benefit from jobs in growing fields."

Editorial: We can’t afford to trash our backyards (Reno Gazette-Journal [NV] , 06/05/14)
"In some ways, the Indian Ocean, like the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, too, is a big dump. Each has numerous dead zones, areas where accumulating detritus has made it impossible for them to support life ... That’s a lesson worth remembering in the coming months as we debate the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut back on the pollution that the nation’s power plants pour into the air, another seemingly infinite resource that could have a significant impact if we continue to use it as a receptacle for our trash. The good news for Nevada is that it already is ahead of the game."

EDITORIAL: Our view: Emissions rules? Ho-hum for Minnesota (Duluth News Tribune [MN] , 06/05/14)
"You don’t have to be completely convinced of a coming climate-change Armageddon to feel fairly comfortable with the federal government’s plans, released this week, to slash carbon-dioxide emissions, especially at coal-fired power plants. Particularly in Minnesota."

EDITORIAL: Stop fouling our own nest (Burlington Free Press [VT] , 06/05/14)
"The proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation is a long-overdue move by Washington to reduce greenhouse gasses spewing from the nation’s dirtiest power plants.... Washington for too long has dithered on climate change, hampered by aggressive obstructionists who question the validity of the data and analysis, or are unwilling to bear the cost of dealing with our past sins."

EDITORIAL: California leads way in efforts to cut reliance on fossil fuels (Fresno Bee [CA] , 06/05/14)
"Aimed at slashing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the new rules -- like the EPA's recent California-based fuel economy standards -- have the larger mission of curbing greenhouse gases....Arguments about jobs and burdened families also are specious."

EPA offers a creative approach to fighting carbon pollution: Editorial (Patriot News [Harrisburg, PA] , 06/05/14)
"Polluters have no right to profit by inflicting their harmful waste products on the rest of us. And thanks to American ingenuity, the nation's air and water can be cleaned up while still having a growing economy. a Those are the two motivating principles behind the EPA's new effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from power plants."

Editorial: District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni has proved his mettle, will serve the bench honorably (Republican [Springfield, MA], 06/05/14)
"Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni is about to step into position of U.S. District Judge in Springfield. In a 92-2 vote of the U.S. Senate Thursday, Mastroianni was confirmed ... Mastroianni will make an excellent judge. His integrity, pragmatism and compassion will serve the bench well."

EDITORIAL: Federal carbon limits / Breathe easier (Press of Atlantic City [NJ] , 06/05/14)
"Now the federal government is taking a harder line on power-plant emissions, and New Jersey residents should breathe easier as a result."

Editorial: Carbon emissions proposal gives U.S. a leadership role (Knoxville News Sentinel [TN] , 06/05/14)

The Register's Editorial: New EPA rules important for Iowa and Earth (Des Moines Register [IA] , 06/04/14)
"A new federal goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was announced Monday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is a step toward a modest reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide from the production of electricity. That carbon dioxide is the primary source of the heat-trapping gas that is blamed for the rising temperatures that are already having a serious affect on global climate. The EPA proposal should be applauded — and implemented.... Iowa is already ahead of the game"

Meet power-plant pollution rules with 'can-do' spirit: Editorial (South Jersey Times [NJ], 06/04/14)
"The power-plant regulations that emerged from the Obama administration this week are of great interest in South Jersey. The first-ever federal limits on carbon emissions aim for a 30 percent reduction by 2030. This is a welcome effort against pollution that respects no borders ... In all probability a coal-is-king state or two will run to court,"a

EDITORIAL: EPA rules overdue (York Dispatch [PA] , 06/04/14)
"President Obama's pledge to address climate change was welcomed by the large majority of Americans who care about what kind of planet we leave future generations. This week he made good on that promise."

EDITORIAL: EPA goal will help drive change (Wisconsin State Journal, 06/04/14)
"[R]efusing to act on the serious threat of climate change is far too risky for our economy and health.... Wisconsin should have set a more aggressive clean energy goal years ago....The EPA rules move our state and nation in the right direction. Reducing our use of dirty coal can ease the worst effects of climate change for future generations."

Editorial: Obama’s coal plan catches up with climate policy in Olympia; The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to move the nation to reduce carbon pollution with corresponding health and climate impacts. (Seattle Times [WA] , 06/04/14)
"States have been given the time and flexibility to comply with new rules. Check out what Washington has achieved and is looking to do next."

Editorial: Our View: Time to take the medicine (South Coast Today [MA], 06/04/14)
"The president's plan — to be administered through the Environmental Protection Agency — would allow states to set their own path to carbon dioxide reductions and give them credit for the work done so far.... In Massachusetts, the fastest growing job growth is in the renewable energy sector, from development to deployment, lab coat to blue collar. aIncentives to move toward renewables — hydro-electric, wind and solar — have made the difference in the commonwealth, and should do the same across the country."

EDITORIAL: Embarrassing retreat (Akron Beacon Journal [OH], 06/04/14)
"As Ohio retreats from its energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, the Obama White House unveils a draft rule to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change, placing a heavy emphasis on states designing their own plans for compliance. ... there is the greater expense in ducking the challenge, picking up the tab for torrential rains and other damaging effects ... advances must be made, and the strongest aspect of the EPA proposal is the political element ... To be sure, this is just a beginning. Still, the way is open, states with helpful flexibility, the understanding more plain: Action now promises to be less costly than waiting while the risk builds and the trouble deepens."

EDITORIAL: Ohio’s energy retreat; Columbus is making it harder for the state to respond to Obama’s sensible plan to curb carbon pollution (Toledo Blade [OH] , 06/04/14)
"President Obama’s proposal to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is reasonable, flexible, and likely to improve the nation’s environment and economy....Obama’s plan faces inevitable political obstruction by Congress, which rejected his previous sensible proposal for a carbon tax. The proposal also is sure to be subjected to legal challenges."

Editorial: EPA's emissions limits won't cause the sky to fall (Corpus Christi Caller-Times [TX] , 06/04/14)
"By 2030, the EPA rules may be remembered fondly as a stimulus for just about every energy sector other than coal, wood and whale oil."

EDITORIAL: A kick-start to clearing the air; The EPA proposes a carbon cut (Chicago Tribune, 06/04/14)
"The EPA promises flexibility for states to meet reduction targets. It certainly promotes a healthier environment.... Congress has done nothing and there are no signs that the gridlock will ease anytime soon. Advantage, EPA. ... The costs and benefits, the success or failure, of this EPA rule will be determined as the various states assess how they can implement it. That may require some significant changes as it goes through the regulatory process. It will have to withstand legal challenges."

Editorial: EPA rules will help, but battle goes on (Concord Monitor [NH] , 06/04/14)
"The new rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants announced by the EPA this week are a huge win for New Hampshire. The regulations were crafted to comply with President Obama’s executive order to reduce pollution that’s fueling global warming and harming human health. The rules, which could force the closing of some of the nation’s dirtiest coal plants, mean cleaner air and fewer smog days for New England. Fewer pollutants mean fewer asthma attacks and fewer deaths from conditions aggravated by poor air quality. The rules, if they survive the inevitable legal challenges, will mark a big step toward taking the need to combat human-induced climate change seriously."

EDITORIAL: Emission limits provide benefits (Tideland News [NC], 06/04/14)
"News that the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring states to cut carbon dioxide emissions ... Don’t be cowed by fear mongering."

EDITORIAL: A warming response; So far, public reaction seems positive (Daily Camera [CO] , 06/04/14)
"[H]ere in Colorado, voters and lawmakers alike have favored increasing renewable energy sources and requiring a reduction in emissions since before the 2005 benchmark. We're well-poised to meet and exceed the federal regulations. ... If ever there was an issue that could lower the temperature in our hyper-partisan era, it's climate change — not to mention pollution, which is pretty much universally loathed. Choose your poison: Kids with asthma, brown clouds hovering over major cities, dead fish."

Editorial: Air pollution proposal animates the usual critics (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 06/03/14)
"Predictably, West Virginia conservatives went ballistic over the Obama administration’s modest, reasonable attempt to reduce air pollution and curtail global warming caused by coal-burning power plants.... As we’ve said before, instead of raging against pollution controls — or trying to score political points — West Virginia leaders should launch intelligent planning for the inevitable future when coal is gone....Out-of-control climate change is inflicting horrendous costs on America through worse tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, seashore loss and other painful effects of global warming — including loss of lives. The Obama administration is wise to try to reduce the hundred-billion-dollar toll."

EDITORIAL: Our View: Curb the toxic politics and clear the air (Herald News [Fall River, MA], 06/03/14)
"President Barack Obama’s plan announced Monday, aiming for a 30 percent cut in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030 ... is a long-overdue step for our nation, which has lagged behind much of the industrialized world in addressing climate change.... the plan is a win for Massachusetts"

Editorial: Nearing a Climate Legacy (New York Times, 06/03/14)
"The greenhouse gas reductions required by the Obama administration’s proposed rule on power plants will not get the world to where it has to go to avert the worst consequences of climate change. But they are likely to be enormously beneficial: good for the nation’s health, good for technological innovation, good for President Obama’s credibility abroad, and, in time, good for the planet and future generations."

EDITORIAL: Breathing easier: Obama takes a historic step on climate change (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA] , 06/03/14)
"While it builds on past policies and the authority of the Clean Air Act, President Barack Obama’s proposal to tackle the carbon pollution that fuels climate change is the most significant step yet....The president’s plan takes climate change seriously, although it can be faulted for actually not going far enough."