(WASHINGTON) — Environmental Protection Agency hearings are discussing a proposed rule that would limit carbon pollution from power plants.
The proposal, from the Obama administration, would cut pollution 30% by 2030.
Senator Barbara Boxer supports the proposal, saying it would save and improve thousands of lives.
“It will avoid up to 3,700 cases of bronchitis in children; 150,000 asthma attacks; 3,300 heart attacks; 6,600 premature deaths and 490,000 missed days of school and work,” Boxer said.
Boxer cited a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll that reported about 70% of Americans believe such a rule is needed.
The June poll found 57% of Republicans, 76% of Independents, and 79% of Democrats support limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants.
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Jeremy Diamond and Karl de Vries, CNN Newswire
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