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06/03/2014 8:55 AM

Power plants currently churn out about 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the air we breathe, and contribute to hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and thousands of heart attacks.

And even though we limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic that power plants can put in our air and water, there are no national limits on the carbon pollution they can release.

As President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday, "It's not smart, it's not safe, and it doesn't make sense."

That's why today, at the President's direction, the EPA is taking steps to change that with a proposal that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution limits for our country's existing power plants.

These standards will cut down on the carbon pollution, smog, and soot in our air -- and as a result, Americans will live longer and breathe easier.

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