How new emissions reduction plan affects Virginia


A look at how Virginia is affected by the new carbon dioxide emissions reduction plan announced by President Barack Obama to combat global warming:

— Virginia's 2012 emission rate: 1,297 pounds per megawatt hour.

— Target: 810 pounds per megawatt hour by 2030, a 37.56 percent reduction.

— Virginia's reduction target is the 18th largest among all states.

— Current sources of Virginia electric power: nuclear, 40 percent; natural gas, 35 percent; coal, 20 percent; biomass, hydro, petroleum and "other," all 3.3 percent or less.

— Virginia response: Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, said his administration is examining what changes, if any, to make to ensure that the rules have the intended effect "without unduly burdening Virginia's families or our Commonwealth's economy." Democratic U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner say they are pleased a public comment period was doubled to 120 days.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor denounced the plan as an "assault on hard working middle class families," saying it would drive up electricity costs and cut coal industry jobs.

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