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Wisconsin to join lawsuit to block Obama greenhouse gas cuts

The Obama administration announced new regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants on Monday, a move that quickly prompted Gov. Scott Walker to vow Wisconsin will join other states in a lawsuit challenging the first-ever requirements to lower plants’ carbon pollution.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plans would reduce carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The cut is bigger than an earlier draft that sought to cut emissions by 30%.

Environmentalists and public health advocates praised the regulations. The cut in carbon emissions would help attack global warming and provide reductions in other emissions that create soot and smog. Less air pollution would lead to fewer asthma attacks and other respiratory diseases.

The political fallout over President Barack Obama’s climate regulations was swift.

It came from Republican opposition in Congress, coal producing states and a cadre of other states like Wisconsin whose governors say their states will bear heavier costs because of their reliance on coal as an energy source.

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