The Obama administration is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, 30 percent from 2005 levels, by 2030. This may very well be one of the biggest steps any country has taken regarding climate change.
The proposal by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strives to control air pollution by limiting the amount of carbon dioxide, the increasing presence of which is one of the major causes of global warming.
In his latest Weekly address, speaking from the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, President Obama discussed new actions by the EPA to cut dangerous carbon pollution.
As Obama’s term is heading towards its inevitable end, the President seems to be worried about his legacy. The new action may very well be his desperate attempt towards leaving a positive legacy.
Even though the president is facing criticism left, right, and center for his decision, the policy itself is an extremely positive contribution to the cause of environmental protection, specifically in view of the upcoming Paris conference.
The US may not have signed the Kyoto Protocol but it looks like the country is making substantial progress to come to the forefront of environmental protection efforts.