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Editorial: EPA plan to curb carbon emissions is pragmatic, smart and overdue (Redding Record Searchlight [CA], 06/03/14)
"Critics would have U.S. utilities do nothing about global warming simply because their counterparts in other countries aren't doing enough."

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: Forget hyperbole and adopt EPA rules (Battle Creek Enquirer [MI], 06/03/14)
"Far from the calamity the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and people on the right have forecast, the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft rule to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants is modest in its aims and, at face value, its potential economic impact....Even in Michigan, no bastion of environmental progressiveness, utilities are already on track to meet those standards."

EDITORIAL: IN OUR VIEW/EPA AND THE CLEAN POWER PLAN; Real cuts to carbon pollution (Herald [WA] , 06/03/14)
"It's a fair and backbone-ish rule, designed to enhance public health, all the while casting the United States into a leadership role in the battle against global climate change.... The EPA's proposed rule reflects farsighted leadership consistent with the public interest. And the Pacific Northwest leads the way."

Editorial: Obama’s effort to reduce coal is groundbreaking, but not in California (Sacramento Bee [CA] , 06/03/14)
"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....the blowback has begun, with threats of lawsuits and congressional intervention.... the rules will have this local impact: California will finally have some meaningful company in the quest to do something about coal-fired climate change."

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: Obama’s emissions plan will protect the air and Americans’ health (Kansas City Star, 06/03/14)
"A strong and detailed plan unveiled by President Barack Obama promises to reduce pollution, protect the health of Americans and promote the use of cleaner energy. And the cost of electricity will not come close to skyrocketing. Yet here come the knife-bearing opponents who support dirty air ... Look for their lawsuits as well as misleading tales ... In Kansas and Missouri, utilities already have taken progressive steps ... cutting carbon emissions will improve the lives of Americans, which is reason enough to support it."

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."

EDITORIAL: Too much hot air; President takes necessary solo action to curb climate change (New York Daily News, 06/03/14)
"The Obama administration is acting to regulate carbon dioxide — the main greenhouse gas driving up global temperatures — as the deadly pollutant it is..... Congress rejected a similar model, starting an unconscionable stalemate that left the President with no choice but to take solo action."

NJ should applaud Obama crackdown on power plants: Editorial (Star-Ledger Newark [NJ] , 06/03/14)
"President Obama’s announcement yesterday of new carbon rules to fight global warming is the most important thing he’s done in office, along with health care reform. Not only will it force reductions in carbon pollution from our nation’s coal-fired power plants, it will put a burner under research into green technologies, which in the end is our only hope to reduce the threat of climate change....New Jersey should be especially glad about this, given that most of the coal emissions we breathe float our way from the Midwest and South, where the plants don’t have to use anti-pollution equipment to filter out the worst soot. The new federal limits are going to greatly benefit our health, preventing countless asthma attacks and premature deaths."

Editorial EPA plan to curb carbon emissions is pragmatic, smart and overdue (Los Angeles Times, 06/03/14)
"Federal law compels the EPA to reduce harmful air pollutants, and carbon dioxide from power plants is the largest contributor by far to changes in the climate that could be ruinous to the planet....The EPA's expansive approach is certain to be tested in court by those upset about the prospect of more expensive electricity. ...Global warming threatens to be an environmental catastrophe, and the U.S. must prevent as much of the damage as it can. As multiple recent studies have concluded, the cost of dealing with the worst effects of climate change will far outweigh the cost of preventing them."

Our View: EPA rules would be breath of fresh air for Maine residents, businesses (Portland Press Herald [ME] , 06/02/14)
"Our farms, forests and fisheries can’t afford the cost of inaction on climate change....That’s why Mainers should applaud the announcement Monday of proposed rules by the Environmental Protection Agency. In what would be the most ambitious step to date to address the world’s most serious environmental problem, the rules would regulate carbon pollution from power plants for the first time ... It’s important that members of Maine’s congressional delegation – Democratic, Republican and independent – stand up for this common-sense rule change that would benefit Maine people."

Editorial: The Report Card for June 3 (Asheville Citizen-Times [NC] , 06/02/14)
"A to President Barack Obama’s push on climate change. Using executive authority by proposing new EPA regulations, the president announced a proposal Monday to cut carbon emissions from power plants 30 percent by the year 2030."

Editorial: The EPA’s emissions plan should be just the beginning (Washington Post, 06/02/14)
"THE OBAMA administration has finally rolled out its centerpiece climate change policy. It is a praiseworthy, solid step, taken in the face of withering opposition. Even so, it is not enough."

Editorial: Abbott, Davis lacking on climate debate (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 06/02/14)
"The matter is settled, for all practical purposes. If a lawyer had this much evidence stacked against him in court, he wouldn't have any case."

Editorial: EPA's new rules on carbon emissions blaze trail to future (Republican [Springfield, MA], 06/02/14)
"The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules on carbon emissions from fossil-fueled power plants are a wise effort to deal with this reality."

Editorial: EPA’s carbon plan isn’t perfect, but it moves forward an otherwise stagnant debate (Dallas Morning News, 06/02/14)
"At last, the president’s climate change policy is more than occasional promises to do something....This newspaper still favors tough carbon controls ... We urge Texas regulators to put aside objections ... and recognize that these rules are not a threat, but rather a health-conscious opportunity for our state and the entire nation."

Carbon rules can work [Editorial]; Our view: Obama administration unveils a climate change plan already proven effective by Maryland and other states with cap-and-trade policies (Baltimore Sun, 06/02/14)
"If anything, the prospect of reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants by 20 percent is almost criminally overdue. And the impact on electricity costs, coal production and the economy is likely to be modest ... Coal-fired power plants are this country's single greatest source of greenhouse gases and thus a major culprit in climate change. And it's also abundantly clear that a divided, sharply partisan Congress is fundamentally incapable of addressing this problem. That leaves only the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House to protect our future."

Editorial: EPA finally gets U.S. into climate game: Our View (USA Today, 06/02/14)
"If the plan survives the inevitable political and legal assaults, it will prevent a not-inconsequential hundreds of millions of tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. ...Monday's announcement marks the start of a far saner approach for the United States, one that will resonate globally."

Editorial: A chance to lead the way on climate change; Utah should embrace CO2 rules. (Salt Lake Tribune [UT] , 06/02/14)
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Monday announced a new set of standards aimed at significantly reducing the amount of carbon dioxide American power plants pour into the atmosphere every year. It is a step that is necessary in order to head off a future where we see the planet heat up and the quality of life driven down, here and around the world. It is a plan that is much less ambitious than one Republicans proposed six years ago. ... he rules create an opportunity for those states and industries that are clever enough to grab it to not merely survive, but to prosper."

EDITORIAL: Obama's carbon rules a step in the right direction (San Francisco Chronicle [CA] , 06/02/14)
"President Obama has just taken the boldest step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming. ... it's sure to be tangled up in court for some time to come.... The big disaster would be doing nothing - so Obama should be applauded for this big step in the right direction."

Editorial: Good goals for our planet (Anniston Star [AL] , 06/02/14)
"On Monday, the Obama administration issued new rules governing carbon emissions....Expect a host of lawsuits from big polluters. ... In the real world, increased carbon emissions are warming our planet. The overwhelming scientific consensus says so, and there’s no debate. The nation and the world needs a leader who will spur action on this crisis. While Monday’s announcement is positive, it’s clear Obama doesn’t have the capacity to bring about the changes required."

Editorial: Trying to fix a polluted past (Daily Review [Towanda, PA], 06/02/14)
"People from Northeast Pennsylvania have first-hand knowledge of what happens when coal producers and utilities don't bear a cost for pollution: they pollute. ...Obama will announce carbon emission standards that will mark an historic advance for environmental regulation and air quality.... Because Pennsylvania is downwind from many coal-fired power plants in other states, the new regulatory regime will have vast benefits for public health. The state government should embrace the initiative"

EDITORIAL: Bold step to curb carbon pollution (Denver Post [CO] , 06/02/14)
"The Obama administration's plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 from the level that existed in 2005 appears ambitious but doable. It will also allow the U.S. to reclaim a leadership role in the world in terms of reducing greenhouse gases."

Editorial: A modest start on cutting carbon pollution (Tampa Bay Times [FL], 06/02/14)
"The carbon-cutting plan the Obama administration unveiled Monday is not the fastest or most effective approach to reducing global warming pollution. But with Congress refusing to act, someone has to lead and take bold action on an issue that will require sustained attention for decades. The plan should force Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to stop ignoring accepted science on global warming and craft a more thoughtful energy policy.... it comes as the federal courts have strongly endorsed the EPA's authority to regulate air pollution."

Christie boxes himself into a corner on climate pact: Editorial (Star-Ledger Newark [NJ] , 06/01/14)
"So you’d think that Christie would reconsider his decision to pull us out of the popular Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as “RGGI.” But no. The governor casually dismissed the role of climate change in Sandy and continues to insist that this respected, greatly improved multi­state program doesn’t work — despite all evidence to the contrary.... appellate judges recently ruled that the Christie administration had acted illegally, and ordered it to allow public comment, and — even more important — to formally repeal the state’s rules if it doesn’t want to obey them."

Editorial: Breathe deep (Scranton Times-Tribune [PA] , 06/01/14)
"President Obama will announce carbon emission standards that will mark a historic advance for environmental regulation and air quality. ...Because Pennsylvania is downwind from coal-fired power plants in other states, the new regime will have vast benefits for public health. The state government should embrace the initiative and develop an innovative plan for compliance, using a commitment to leave behind its history of industrial pollution."

First female American Indian federal judge quietly confirmed (San Antonio Express-News [TX] , 06/01/14)
Elaine Ayala column: "it's important to celebrate the great news in the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Diane Humetewa to the federal bench in Arizona. A member of the Hopi Nation, Humetewa, 49, made history May 14 by becoming only the third American Indian federal judge in U.S. history, and the first woman....Observers noted Humetewa will be the only American Indian on a bench that has almost 900 federal judges. The National Congress of American Indians praised Obama and the Senate but noted many other “qualified, talented people like Diane Humetewa in Indian country ... able and willing to serve.”"

EDITORIAL: Our view: Carbon debate is ready to heat up (Roanoke Times [VA], 06/01/14)
"Rather than shoring up the wall of resistance, political and industrial leaders should be actively engaged in finding ways to keep the economy running and the lights on while reducing greenhouse gases. Congressional inaction has left it to the Environmental Protection Agency to act."