Michigan officials say they'll study Obama climate plan


By: John Flesher/AP Environmental Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say they’ll review the Obama administration’s plan for reducing power plant emissions before deciding whether to comply.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a plan Monday to slash carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent nationwide by 2030.

Michigan’s cut would be from nearly 70 million tons in 2012 to 47.5 million tons by 2030.

Coal-fired power plants are the leading source of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Michigan gets about half its electricity from coal.

Some states have threatened lawsuits or said they won’t obey the rule.

Valerie Brader of the Michigan Agency for Energy says the state will study whether there’s a “reasonable path to compliance.”

Attorney General Bill Schuette says he’s “deeply concerned” but a spokeswoman says he hasn’t decided whether to mount a legal challenge.