The Obama administration proposed a major new rule today to curb the carbon pollution spewing from power plants that contributes to human-induced climate change. Scientists warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.
Power plants are America’s largest single source of carbon pollution, and today’s rule would place the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
According to the EPA, electricity generation represents one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. These rules are one of the important steps the EPA can take to reach the U.S. goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.
The proposed rule also represents the first major benchmark in the implementation of President Obama’s climate plan unveiled in June. The President’s action has broad support – Americans submitted more than 3.2 million comments in support of carbon limits on power plants in the last 18 months. Hundreds of elected officials, business leaders, and public health organizations have joined the call for limiting carbon pollution from the power sector.
The Obama administration is expected to propose a rule to limit carbon from existing power plants by June 2014, and to finalize that rule the following year.