President Obama announced a new plan to combat global warming in a video posted to the White House Facebook page this summer. Obama called the Clean Power Plan “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change” during a recent speech, detailing the plan’s restrictions on power plants in the U.S. The policy aims to have a 32% decrease in power plant carbon emissions by 2030. Though some states already have restrictions on carbon emissions, this marks the first time the national government would impose such regulations. The Clean Power Plan also emphasizes renewable energy, providing incentives for states to invest in wind and solar energy. Though the White House video points out how global warming affects weather patterns and public health—and therefore the American economy—backlash from climate change deniers has been swift, decrying the policy’s strict regulations on the energy sector. Meanwhile, climate change activists approve of Obama’s direction but believe the plan is not bold enough. If approved, the plan would require states to submit preliminary agendas by 2018 and begin compliance with regulations by 2022.
Contributor: Celeste Montaño