LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas has to cut its carbon emission by 39 percent by 2030 under new federal requirements.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday the state has at least three years to develop a plan to reach the reductions. The plan is part of a national effort to reduce the country's carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels.
The EPA outlined several options, including making power plants more efficient, reducing reliance on coal and investing in more renewable, low-carbon energy sources.
The state environmental agency did not have an immediate comment.
The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club says that the five most polluting plants in Texas contribute 25 percent of the state's emissions.
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