U.S. EPA should draft aggressive greenhouse gas rules for existing power plants to promote the development of new technologies, according to former Obama White House climate and energy director Carol Browner.
Browner, who was EPA administrator in the Clinton administration, said in a transcript of a Bloomberg News interview scheduled to air Sunday that she expects the agency to soon finalize its proposed regulation for new power plants.
“I think the next step would be existing power plants,” she said.
There’s “no doubt,” she said, that President Obama would move those rules forward in his second term.
“I think the real question is, will these be technology forcing?” she said. “Will they really require us to come forward with new technologies to trap these gases to make sure that we don’t continue to emit them?”