Environmental Protection Agency plans sharp reduction in carbon dioxide emissions
TheNew York Times has reported that the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States plans to release a "draft proposal on Monday to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants".
According to an article by Coral Davenport, the goal will be to reduce emissions from these plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
"The proposed rule amounts to the strongest action ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change," Davenport wrote.
In 2011, the United States emitted 16 percent of all greenhouse-gas emissions in the world, ranking second behind China, which stood at 29 percent.
Power plants are responsible for approximately 40 percent of all U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions.
According to the Sourcewatch website, there are approximately 600 coal-fired plants, which generated 37.4 percent of all electricity in the United States in 2013.
That's down from a peak of 57 percent of all U.S. electricity in 1988.