White House Unveils Carbon Plan

Carbon pollution standards for power plants

The Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2030. (Tom Lohdan / Flickr)

The Obama administration released a climate change plan on Sunday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage development of renewable energy, according to a White House press release. The Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent, from 2005 levels, by 2030. 

Under the plan, states will be required to develop and implement plans tailored to meet carbon emission standards. The Clean Power Plan also includes an incentive program to encourage states to invest in early deployment of renewable energy.

“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it,” Obama said in a press conference on Monday.

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