Obama pushes for action: EPA Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama has declared climate change to be the greatest threat to the future of the planet in a passionate White House speech on the details of his plan to cut US carbon emissions by 32 per cent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels.

“Climate change is no longer just about the future that we’re predicting for our children or grandchildren; it’s about the reality that we’re living with every day. We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change, and the last generation to be able to do something about it.” Sydney Morning Herald: Nick O’Malley: 5 August 2015
http://www.smh.com.au/world/barack-obama-unveils-ambitious-climate-plan-20150803-giqsly.html

US president Barack Obama has released the final details of his ambitious Clean Power Plan, just as the Coalition government in Australia hit the brakes on wind and solar.
(Renew Economy: 4 August 2015)
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/obama-pushes-hard-for-clean-power-as-abbott-hits-the-brakes-17623

Three trends that make Obama’s power plan a good bet
. rapidly falling costs of renewables
. vehicle electrification taking off
. Smart IT enabled energy systems emerging
They are forming a clean energy revolution
(Renew Economy: 4 August 2015)
http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/three-trends-that-make-obamas-clean-power-plan-a-good-bet-on-the-future-66644

Years in the making, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Clean Power Plan will go down as President Obama’s signature policy in regulating carbon emissions from the electricity sector. If it survives certain legal challenges and is embraced by future presidents, it will lead to profound changes in how the US generates power, notably accelerating a shift away from coal. We’ve assembled a panel of scholars to explore the significance of the landmark regulations.
(The Conversation: 5 August 2015)
https://theconversation.com/obama-builds-legacy-on-climate-change-with-epa-clean-power-plan-45641

Four things to know about the EPA Cleam Power Plan
(The Conversation: 5 August 2015)
https://theconversation.com/four-things-that-you-should-know-about-the-epa-clean-power-plan-45677

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