Five Myths About New U.S. Climate Plan: What You May Not Know
The U.S. unveils the final version of its controversial Clean Power Plan, which calls for sweeping cuts in carbon emissions from power plants.
Talk about complexity. The key plank of President Obama’s climate plan is hardly one-size-fits-all. Its targets vary by state, and its details can be confusing, so here’s a myth-busting guide.
On Monday, the U.S. government released the 1,560-page final rule of its so-called Clean Power Plan, which aims to tackle climate change by reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Senior administration officials gave a preview Sunday.
Nationwide, the plan aims to cut these emissions 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. It sets a slightly higher target than the 30 percent proposed last year but it gives states two extra years—until 2022—to begin making cuts. It gives them individual targets that they can meet in multiple ways