US air standards: a study in carbon control

Washington might be showing resistance to binding international emissions restrictions, but local action on air pollution will shut the nation's smaller, older coal plants and cut America's CO2 output.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) New US limits on mercury and other toxic pollution from coal power plants may prove a back door to carbon emissions cuts and show visible local benefits win support.

Beijing and Washington are locked in stalemate on international curbs on carbon emissions while the United States is also deadlocked domestically on a climate bill.

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