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New York enacts CO2 regulations

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New York is eager to lessen the state’s environmental impact, which is why it just recently enacted new, stricter carbon dioxide emission laws. The level of CO2 currently allowed means that it will be impossible to build a new coal power plant in the state unless some serious changes are made to how they work. That was the goal of the new legislation, of course, so it’s a success. Coal power plants are responsible for an extreme amount of awful junk being spewed into the environment with CO2 as the leading pollutant. Coal power companies have the option of installing CO2 capture devices and other safety measures to lower their emissions but it’s expensive and they’d generally rather go to another state. New York seems fine with that reality and the fact that natural gas is now so cheap helps support the decision to shift away from coal.