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A bipartisan way to cut CO2 emissions: Slash the ethanol mandate

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President Obama intends to to regulate power plants in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Republicans and the fossil-fuel industry don't like this. This will surely be a big fight.

But the Environmental Protection Agency has on the table a far more modest proposal for curbing emissions -- with far greater possibility for bipartisan and trans-ideological agreement.

The Environmental Working Group finds that the federal requirement (created by Republicans in 2005) causes a net increase in greenhouse emissions:

Taking 580,000 cars and trucks off the road would reduce a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. And something like that would happen if a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency becomes reality.

You can read their report here.

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