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What is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies
A bureaucratic U.S. agency overseeing and enforcing Congressional laws on protecting public health and the environment.
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U.S. Public Support to Climate Change Initiatives?: Setting Stricter Carbon Dioxide Emission Limits on Power Plants
Mary Schmeida (Kent State University, USA) and Ramona Sue McNeal (University of Northern Iowa, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0440-5.ch026
The Obama Administration Climate Action Plan is enforcing goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2020, regulating both stationary and mobile sources of pollution. As energy-related carbon dioxide emissions account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, the plan proposed carbon pollution standards for both new and existing plants. Impacts related to upgraded regulations have been projected as both favorable and not, with public and political opinions showing support among some groups and among other interests a concern. The purpose of this chapter is to analyze factors predicting which groups are supportive and non-supportive on setting stricter carbon dioxide emission limits on coal-fired electricity generating power plants. This topic is explored using multivariate regression analysis and individual level data. Findings suggest that comprehension of the policy area and individual financial situation are the most important factors in predicting support for stricter emission limits.
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