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Argument: Emissions standards can give unfair advantages to industries

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University of California Berkley Political Science Slide Show - "Political problems - The Clean Air Act requires all utilities generating electricity to use the "best available technology" to remove pollutants from emissions in coal-fired plants. All firms are required to install "smokestack scrubbers". But electric generators burn different types of coal.

  • Anthracite: a "hard" coal with more carbon, which produces less


  • Bituminous coal: a "soft" coal; produces less heat & more pollution
  • Lignite: softer still; produces even less heat, but even more pollution
"'Best available technology' takes away economic advantage of burning harder, less polluting coal"

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