Thursday, July 2, 2015

U.S. federal government and states are taking significant actions against climate change

Despite 41 percent of Americans say global warming has more to do with natural causes than human activity, and Congress doesn’t want to pass a cap-and-trade bill to reduce carbon emissions, President Obama has made climate change a focus of his second term agenda.
Facing opposition in Congress, he has turned to executive action and regulation, principally through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). U.S. in partnership with China made pledge to cut carbon emissions to 26 to 28 percent of 2005 levels within the next decade. This pledge is based on he Clean Power Plan (CPP) – a package of new EPA regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants.

Along with federal government, seven states have adopted broad caps on emissions, and 28 states have introduced renewable energy requirements, according to a recent report from Environment America. The first of several deadlines to comply with the CPP standards is 2020, and most states are already two-thirds of the way toward compliance. Read more at