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America's Dirtiest Power Plants

America's Dirtiest Power Plants

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Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center is asking Ohio to clean up its power plants, releasing a study Tuesday that reports Ohio’s power plants are the second-most polluting in the country.
Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center is asking Ohio to clean up its power plants, releasing a study Tuesday that reports Ohio’s power plants are the second-most polluting in the country.

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Written by:Jordan Schneider and Travis Madsen, Frontier GroupJulian Boggs, Environment America Research & Policy CenterSeptember 2013
America’s DirtiestPower Plants
Their Oversized Contribution to Global Warmingand What We Can Do About It
 
Acknowledgments
 The authors thank Je Deyette, Senior Energy Analyst at Union o Concerned Scientists; Liz Perera,Senior Washington Representative, and Debbie Sease, Legislative Director, at Sierra Club; MikeObeiter, Senior Associate, Climate and Energy Program at World Resources Institute; Starla Yeh,Policy Analyst, Climate and Clean Air Program at Natural Resources Deense Council; and others orproviding useul eedback and insightul suggestions on drats o this report. We also thank Frank Iannuzzi at Environment America Research & Policy Center or contributing to this report; and TonyDutzik and Ben Davis at Frontier Group or providing editorial support. The authors bear responsibility or any actual errors. The views expressed in this report are those o the authors and do not necessarily reect the views o our unders or those who provided review.© 2013 Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center The Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Weare dedicated to protecting Ohio’s air, water and open spaces. We investigateproblems, crat solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and helpOhioans make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over thequality o our environment and our lives. For more inormation about Environment Ohio Research &Policy Center or or additional copies o this report, please visit www.environmentohiocenter.org.Frontier Group conducts independent research and policy analysis to support a cleaner, healthierand more democratic society. Our mission is to inject accurate inormation and compelling ideasinto public policy debates at the local, state and ederal levels. For more inormation about FrontierGroup, please visit www.rontiergroup.org.Cover photo: Georgia Power Company’s Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia, is the nation’s most-polluting power plant. Each year, it emits more carbon dioxide pollution than that produced byenergy consumption in Maine. See Table 1 in report.Photo Credit: TinRoo Marketing & DesignCover design: Kathleen Krushas, To the Point Publications, www.tothepointpublications.com
 
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Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Introduction ...................................................8Te Dirtiest U.S. Power Plants Are a Major Source o Global Warming Pollution ......................................10Cutting U.S. Power Plant Pollution Can Help Prevent theWorst Impacts o Global Warming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Carbon Pollution Standards Are Needed to Clean UpExisting Power Plants...........................................20Policy Recommendations........................................22Methodology ..................................................24Appendices
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26Notes.........................................................42

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