Obama: US Health, Homes Comes First, Carbon Emissions Second reportedSuzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian a few days before she reported that EPA Rules Will Cut Emissions 30% by 2030. Enviros cheered Obama’s proposed plan while fossil fuelies booed it.
“This is something that is important for all of us. As parents, as grandparents, as citizens, as folks who care about the health of our families,” he told a conference call hosted by the American Lung Association.
That a US president created policy for regulating carbon pollution from power plants is a historic first, and Obama deserves credit, even as he battles opposing Republicans, and his party faces mid-term elections this fall.
The proposed EPA rules will also help boost the transition to clean renewable energy, a major avenue for addressing pollution and global warming. Credit solarpanelspower.net
Smog over the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. With air pollution levels far worse than those in the US, China has even more impetus to address carbon emissions with a cap on them. Credit Brian Jeffrey Beggerly via Wikimedia Commons.
But the 30% reduction – based on peaking US carbon pollution levels in 2005 – isn’t enough to avoid catastrophic climate heating; some environmental groups hoped Obama would propose a more ambitious plan.
It’s a start, however – the good news is that the US is already a third of the way there, with some states already at that level.
OO Nobel Laureate Economist Paul Krugman:
Climate Action Is Remarkably Cheap – New EPA Rules Would Boost US Economy
OO UN Climate Change Chief Praises New US Pollution Regulations
OO Obama’s New Carbon Cutting Plans ‘Critical’ To UN Climate Talks
OO Prompt Global Action Can Cut The Cost Of Going Carbon Neutral
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