Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions by 2030
On Monday, June 2nd, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their proposed new initiative to expand clean energy. The Clean Power Plan is an effort put forth by the EPA at the request of President Obama as part of the administration’s Climate Action Plan. It aims to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants, which are reportedly the biggest contributors to carbon pollution in the United States.
According to the official press release from the EPA, there are currently no regulations on the emissions of mercury, arsenic, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides and other particle pollutants from power plants, but this plan would set the first limit ever on carbon emission output.
“Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source–power plants,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, in an official statement. “By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids. We don’t have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment–our action will sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs.”
The ultimate goal of the plan is to decrease carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.
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