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May 17, 2023

EPA Considers Rule to Slash Carbon Emissions


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The Environmental Protection Agency laid out its latest move to cut the greenhouse gasses that are driving climate change, unveiling a sweeping new set of guidelines for the power plants that generate America’s electricity. William Brangham reports.

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Five Facts

  • What is the Environmental Protection Agency EPA?
  • Why is the EPA considering new greenhouse gas rules?
  • Who would be affected by the new rules?
  • When would the rules go into effect?
  • How has the power industry reacted to the EPA’s rule?

Focus Questions

Do you think technology like carbon capture and renewables will be most effective in limiting greenhouse gases, or do you think more regulations and laws are needed to decrease the amount of carbon-producing fuels that are burned to make energy?

News analysis: What technology discussed in this segment would you like to know more about? How would you find out about it?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

For More

What students can do: As a class, discuss — are there ways you can reduce your own carbon footprint (that is, the amount of carbon dioxide–producing energy you use)? Individual energy use is small compared to industrial use, but there are still things we can do to waste less energy. What would be the easiest way to do so in your own life? In your classroom?

Student Video of the Day (Nov. 2, 2022)

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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