Barack Obama is set to reveal one of the most significant action plans on climate change in US history, pledging to significantly cut carbon pollution from power plants and help the country meet its climate targets.
New rules under review by the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), set to be revealed on Monday, are thought to be the most ambitious made by any US president to fight climate change.
The plan is said to affect existing coal-fired power plants in particular, which still account for more than 30% US electricity generation and generate a large share of greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the new rules, the US might be able to cut as much as 25% carbon pollution from about 1,600 power plants, a significant step to meet international climate targets and strengthen its position on climate talks with other big polluters.
In a speech at West Point earlier this week, Obama said, “You see, American influence is always stronger when we lead by example. We can’t exempt ourselves from the rules that apply to everybody else. We can’t call on others to make commitments to combat climate change if a whole lot of our political leaders deny that it’s taking place.”
He said that tackling climate challenges was an issue of national security, as the country will be “called on to respond to refugee flows and natural disasters and conflicts over water and food.”
“I intend to make sure America is out front in a global framework to preserve our planet”, he said.
The industry is expected to react angrily to new measures. Laura Sheehan, spokeswoman for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, said, “We fully expect that whatever comes out will be overly stringent, and will be something that is not good for American consumers or businesses”.
Photo: Graeme Maclean via Flickr
Like our Facebook Page
How to Find an Eco-Friendly Termite Control Service Provider in Malaysia
Eco-Friendly Vegans Win Most Battles Not the War
3 Iconic Chicago Billboards Eco-Friendly Advertisers Can Learn from
EnviroSolar’s Abe Issa Discusses Success in Green Entrepreneurship
How Sports Could Be Impacted by Climate Change
What Eco-Friendly Patients Should Know about Online Therapy
6 Reasons Why Meal Delivery Services are Eco-Friendly
The Path for Retail’s Sustainable Future
4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Treat a Sinus Infection
4 Strategies for Eco-Friendly Real Estate Investors to Find Properties
How Managed Print Services Helps to Reduce Paper Waste
Why Scientists Are Concerned About ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water
Meat Farming Is Only Getting Smarter, Easier & Eco-Friendlier
What is Eco-Friendly Homesteading and How Does it Affect Your Insurance?
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
Alternative Financing Ideas for Green Businesses that Shun Banks
Tencel Material Demand Shows Britain Is More Eco-Friendlier Than Ireland
How To Invest in Clean Energy Stocks in Only Five Easy Steps!
How To Secure Funding As An Eco-Entrepreneur?
4 Amazing Eco-Friendly Businesses Worth Starting in 2021
- Features8 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy9 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features8 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Invest10 months ago
The Eco-Friendly Evolution of Bitcoin Over the Years