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Arizona looks for breathing room in EPA’s carbon-emission goals

Navajo Generating Station. (Photo by R.J. Hall via Wikipedia Commons)

Arizona will ask federal regulators this week to rethink their June proposal that calls for the state to cut carbon emissions from power plants in half over the next 15 years.Arizona will ask federal regulators this week to rethink their June proposal that calls for the state to cut carbon emissions from power plants in half over the next 15 years.

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Arizona pols take aim at EPA rules (access required)

Mesa Mayor Scott Smith faces reporters while formally filing paperwork to run for Arizona Governor. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

A week full of new Environmental Protection Agency rules and environmental hearings in Arizona provided a campaign talking point for conservative candidates and a golden opportunity for others to appeal to the base of Arizona’s dominant political party.

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Giant ‘Haboob’ dust storms cause EPA to relent on Arizona anti-pollution plan (access required)

Haboob

Like a toddler with a water hose, the monsoon brings the rain in bursts, unevenly spraying but never quite quenching Arizona’s dry earth.

Often, the season’s thunderstorms unleash an apocalyptic scene — a wall of dust, with its tinge of yellow and red against the setting sun, rushing to swallow the Valley whole and enveloping its homes with its unwelcome sandy mist. Free from crippling polar vortexes or earthquakes, the sandstorms are nature’s reminder to Arizona of its sweeping powers.

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