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Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., an opponent of stricter smog standards, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in July.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., an opponent of stricter smog standards, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in July. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.

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Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont.  (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
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US Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

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Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont.
Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
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More Stats Than Facts in Power Plant Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate change.

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New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US
New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)
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NJ Environmentalists Praise Obama Plan to Curb Pollutants [AUDIO]

New Jersey environmentalists are applauding a plan by the Obama administration to curb pollutants blamed for global warming by cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years.

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Chinese boy cycles past a cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant in Dadong, Shanxi province, China in 2009.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
Chinese boy cycles past a cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant in Dadong, Shanxi province, China in 2009. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
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Obama Plan Might Help Boost Climate Talks

BEIJING (AP) -- President Barack Obama's proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.

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The coal-fired Plant Scherer is shown in operation early Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Juliette, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)
The coal-fired Plant Scherer is shown in operation early Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Juliette, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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Big Power Plant Pollution Cut Are Ordered

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

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A 2013 file photo smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. T (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
A 2013 file photo smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. T (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
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Obama Carbon Rule Gives States More Time to Comply

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

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Obama Makes Public Health Pitch for Carbon Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children.

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Cars clog a main thoroughfare in Beijing, China. China's government plans to take 5 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Cars clog a main thoroughfare in Beijing, China. China's government plans to take 5 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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China to Take 6 Million Older Vehicles Off Roads

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.

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Smog Levels in NJ Are Awful: Report [AUDIO]

A new American Lung Association report reveals that the air in New Jersey is cleaner when it comes to particle or soot pollution, but the Garden State has some of the worst ozone pollution in the nation.

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