A Norfolk Southern Railroad train pulls transport cars full of coal near Goodfield, Ill. The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent in 2012, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday.
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In a way, Asheville’s resolution is symbolic. The state — not municipalities — regulates utility companies. The city can’t force Duke to stop using coal at the Asheville Plant.