The aim of the revised Clean Power Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years.The measures will place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.
However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight the plan.They say Mr Obama has declared “a war on coal”, the source of more than a third of power requirements in the US.The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
Each US state will have an emission-cutting goal assigned to it and must submit a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency on how it will meet the target.The BBC’s Tom Bateman in Washington says President Obama will be hoping that Monday’s announcement secures his legacy on climate change.
The measures, our correspondent says, would give the president the moral authority he needs to argue for global reductions in greenhouse gases at a major conference in Paris later this year.However, several state governors are already saying they will simply ignore the plans.In face of the criticism, the White House said the release of the plan was “the starting gun for an all-out climate push” by the president and his cabinet.(BBC2015).