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Obama's plan to fight climate change

Tras la reforma sanitaria y la acción ejecutiva migrtoria, Obama plantea soluciones para luchar contra la contaminación.

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After health care reform and immigration executive action, Obama unveils a plan designed to drastically reduce carbon pollution from power plants in an effort to address what he called "the greatest threat facing future generations".

BREAKING: On Monday, President Obama will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan—the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change. If you agree that we can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that's beyond fixing, share this video with your friends and family. It's time to #ActOnClimate.

Posted by The White House on Saturday, August 1, 2015

This is what you need to know about Obama’s biggest global warming move yet:

 

1. The Clean Power Plan

It would cut carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants 32 percent below their 2005 levels by the year 2030.

 

2. Obama wants to punish stated

Each state will be able to come up with its own plan to cut emissions in a way that works for them. The Environmental Protection Agency is expecting states to submit plans by 2018. They have until 2030 to reduce their carbon dioxide levels.

 

3. Fierce opposition

Plan was deeply criticized by Republican candidates. Legal experts say they expect some legal challenges to the E.P.A. climate change rules to make it to the Supreme Court.

 

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4. The cost

"It will make the cost of electricity higher for millions of Americans," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, said Sunday. However, according to the White House "Energy efficiency is one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save families money, make our businesses more competitive, and reduce greenhouse gas pollution." 

 

5. US and China historic climate change deal 

The United States and China are the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters. Obama said the US would cut its emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025, while Mr. Xi said that China’s emissions would drop after 2030.

 

6. Climate change seen as threat

Americans express great concerns about climate change, with 42 per cent saying they are very concern about the issue according a Pew Research Center survey.

 

7. New global agreement against climate change is coming

The plan is meant to put the United States in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming. Obama needs that conference to succeed almost as much as the beleaguered UN process needs him.
 
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