- Associated Press - Monday, June 2, 2014

Reaction from lawmakers, environmental activists, industry groups and others to President Barack Obama’s proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants:

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“This is the beginning of the end of America’s long, dirty power plant era.” - Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., co-author of failed bill to limit carbon emissions.

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“The president’s plan is nuts. There’s really no more succinct way to describe it.” - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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“While it is important to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, this should not be achieved by EPA regulations. Congress should set the terms, goals and timeframe.” - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is up for re-election in energy-dependent Louisiana.

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“The proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.” - Cecil Roberts, president of United Mine Workers of America.

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“While we are still assessing the overall proposal, EPA appears to have allowed for a range of compliance options to reflect the diversity of approaches that states and electric utilities have undertaken and may undertake to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” - Tom Kuhn, president of Edison Electric Institute, which represents utilities.

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“While a step forward, this rule simply doesn’t go far enough to put us on the right path. The science on climate change has become clearer and more dire, requiring more aggressive action from the president.” - Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth.

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“All countries, including the United States, must do even more than what this reduction trajectory indicates. … Nevertheless, this is an important step for an administration and a president really investing politically in fighting climate change.” - Connie Hedegard, climate change commissioner for the European Union.

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