From the preface:
For the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), which has primacy in administering most federal environmental laws and regulations at the state level, we have to understand the implications of what is arguably one of the most challenging issues to confront us—greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and their impact on climate change. Efforts to reduce GHG or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have moved beyond the point of discussion at the national level, and the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to regulate GHG emissions. Furthermore, while public opinion on climate change has fluctuated over the years, a majority of Americans accept some linkage between GHG emissions and climate change. Although public opinion should never be a driver for science-based policy decisions, it is clear that people expect the nation to take action on this issue. And it is. Thus, discussion and consideration of contingency plans to meet such possible future regulatory frameworks is well advised.
Energy and Environment Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky; Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky; and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Economic Challenges Facing Kentucky’s Electricity Generation Under Greenhouse Gas Constraints" (2013). Statistics Reports. 1.