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Obama unveils ambitious Clean Power Plan to fight Climate Change

United States President Barrack Obama has unveiled an incredible Clean Power Plan.

The plan, which is intended to reducing huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s coal-powered facility by 32 percent by 2030 which compared to that of 2005.

"Today after working with states and cities and power companies, the EPA is setting the first ever nationwide standards to end the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from power plants," Obama indicated on Monday from the White House, and later added "Washington is starting to catch up with the vision of the rest of the

"Climate change is no longer just about the future that we're predicting for our children or grandchildren, it's about the reality that we're living with every day," President Obama stated. President Barack Obama labelled the “Clean Power Plan” as "the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," in a video released by the White House on social media.

"We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it," Obama said on Monday. The Plan is to increase the integration of more solar and wind energy generation by 30% by 2030. It will be less expensive and several households including the poor will be able to afford it, so far as the Clean Power Plan is intended to reduce the mean American’s monthly electricity bill by 7 percent by 2030.

A successful implementation and accomplishment of the Clean Power Plan will see the public health and other incentives related to the climate reaching USD $45 billion annually. The US solar industry is in support of the Plan. “Solar energy is the most sensible compliance option for states under the Clean Power Plan,” Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said.

“Solar works in all 50 states, has zero carbon emissions, creates more jobs per megawatt (MW) than any other technology, and can be deployed cost-effectively and quickly – all while improving grid reliability.” A loit of businesses and other investors are also interested and in support of the Clean Power Plan, even though some sectors such as coal and gas industries are not in support.

“We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

“Over the next few days we will hear the same tired old plays from the old special interests playbook,” stated Gina McCarthy, the EPA’s administrator. Yet, she thinks the agency has the legal right to defend the Plan. So far, President Barack Obama has achieved a lot since his term of office: he has increased solar power generation by more than twentyfold and tripled electricity generation from wind generation.

 

Source: IANS: Economic Times. August 4, 2015. US President Barack Obama unveils clean power plan: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/citing-india-us-president-barack-obama-unveils-clean-power-plan/articleshow/48339668.cms. Accessed August 4, 2015

AB. August 4, 2015. Barack Obama announces limits on US power plant emissions, declares climate change greatest threat facing world: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-04/obama-says-climate-change-greatest-threat-facing-world/6669828. Accessed August 4, 2015

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