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Obama Shifts Focus From Emissions to 'Clean' Energy

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Science  04 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6017, pp. 524
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6017.524

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Letting market forces help the United States reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by choosing "cleaner" sources of electricity has been a popular notion among some Republicans, who oppose the Democratic alternative of putting a price on U.S. carbon emissions. Now the idea has a new advocate: President Barack Obama. Last week, Obama proposed a "Clean Energy Standard" that would require the country, by 2035, to obtain 80% of its electrical power from a list of sources that includes renewables, nuclear power, "efficient" natural gas, and coal with its CO2 emissions captured and sequestered.