Hoping to position the United States to take the lead in global negotiations later this year to combat climate change, President Barack Obama yesterday unveiled a bold plan to slash emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from power stations at home by almost a third within fifteen years.
Detailing the new regulations, dubbed America’s ‘Clean Power Plan’, Mr Obama asserted that “no challenge poses a greater threat to our future, the future generations, than the changing climate”. He noted that hitherto the federal government had never attempted to curb CO2 from power plants.
“This is one of those rare issues, because of its magnitude, because of its scope, that if we don’t get it right, we may not be able to reverse, we may not be able adapt sufficiently,” Mr Obama said. “There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change…the science tells us we have to do more.” He warned: “We only get one planet. There is no Plan B.”
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