On March 14, the Environmental Protection Agency said that it would delay its schedule for finalizing planned rules that would set carbon emissions standards for new power plants. EPA says that the delays are a result of a recent assessment of current EPA resources; however there are other theories as to the reason for the delay. Some suspect there is a desire by EPA to put the issue on the back burner until after the confirmation hearing for EPA Administrator-nominee Gina McCarthy, or to delay them until next year when standards for both old and new power plants could be combined into one new regulation.