Finally, data center operators and utilities outside California shouldn't consider themselves off the hook. Instead of waiting for the U.S. Congress to enact climate change legislation nationwide, President Obama announced a directive in a speech on June 25 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with states, industry and other stakeholders to regulate carbon emissions, first from new coal-fired power plants, and then from existing plants.
"Now that the Obama administration has directed EPA to put greenhouse gas regulations on all power plants, then all states will face similar costs before too long,'' says California Air Resources Board spokesman Dave Clegern.
Mullins is a technology reporter who has covered Silicon Valley since 2000. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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