Obama Administration Unveils Tough Climate Change Rule For Power Plants

| by Sean Kelly

On Sunday, the Obama administration announced a tougher climate change rule directed towards power plants, which demands that generators cut carbon dioxide output by 32 percent.

The regulation, which came from the Environmental Protection Agency, is a large piece of President Barack Obama’s agenda on climate change, The Hill reported. It is also a contributor to his eventual legacy as the first president to take action against climate change by cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.

In addition to the regulation, the EPA asked states to formulate plants to reach assigned carbon reduction goals by 2030. The goals, assigned in 2005, will add up to a 32 percent reduction nationwide. 

“In doing is, the president will take the single biggest step that any president has made to curb the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change,” Obama adviser Brian Deese said. 

“We already limit smog and soot pollution, as well as toxics like mercury, from our power plants. But before this rule, there were no limits on carbon,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy added. “With this plan, carbon pollution from our power sector in 2030 will be 32 percent below 2005 levels."

The EPA’s new rule is expected to be met with criticism from congressional Republicans, the fossil fuel industry and Republican states. The main rule on climate change has already been criticized by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“I can assure you, I will not stand idly by while this administration tries to wipe out the lifeblood of our state’s economy,” McConnell said recently. 

Sources: The Hill, The Verge

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