EPA issues guidelines for cutting greenhouse gases

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Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 11 at 11:44 AM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Increasing energy efficiency is the focus of the first-ever federal guidelines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources.

The guidelines issued yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency take effect Jan. 2.

Texas, which is the nation's leading greenhouse gas producer, has refused to meet the new federal guidelines.

Terry Clawson with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality says the state is reviewing the new guidelines. Clawson says Texas will not be modifying its permit processes to include greenhouse gas emissions.

Among the suggestions: replacing dirty fuels used to power refineries with cleaner sources and requiring more efficient electricity and energy use with existing power plants -- while not requiring expensive technology upgrades.

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