Tuesday, August 4, 2015

U.S. clean power plan as strongest ever climate action

The new targets in the Clean Power Plan demand carbon emissions from the power sector be slashed 32 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030 – that is 2% more than in the original proposal that was released for consultation a year ago. Washington has promised to slash greenhouse gas emissions economy wide by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025, and will do so partly by focusing on the 40 per cent of US carbon-dioxide emissions that come from power stations.
President Obama described his unprecedented carbon dioxide limits as the biggest step ever taken by the U.S. on climate change. The Obama administration said it would cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030. Sixteen states — including energy-producing states like Kentucky, Wyoming and North Dakota — will face stricter emissions limits than they did under Obama’s previous proposal. Montana’s requirement more than doubled, from a 21 percent cut in the earlier plan to a 47 percent cut in the final version. Readmore at http://www.washingtonpost.com/