The stringent new mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions by power plants, factories and other industrial sources is being heralded as the greatest environmental initiative of Barack Obama’s presidency,
“We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury and arsenic and sulfur in our air and water,” declares President Obama. “But power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air for free. That’s not right, that’s not safe, and it needs to stop.”
Industrial facilitates currently account for around 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions across the U.S. This latest addendum to the host of green 2020 initiatives is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4% below 1990 levels.
Residential properties benefits by this new initiative as it encourages the Department of Interior to approve enough renewable energy projects on public lands to power 6,000,000 homes by 2020. The Initiative also offers $8 billion in loan guarantees for energy efficiency and advanced fossil fuel projects.
“This is the change Americans have been waiting for on climate,” praises Sierra Club president Michael Brune. “President Obama is finally putting action behind his words.”
Already President Obama has been praised for his first term green triumph > steering automakers to double gas mileage standards for daily driver vehicles. Now, the President is requiring stricter standards for heavy duty truck models introduced in 2018 and after…and he can do it all without congressional approval.
In 2007, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency-part of the executive branch under the White House-can regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act – just like it does with soot, lead and other types of air pollution. Thus, Obama’s new plan does not need Congressional approval, but expect congressional input in determining just how the emissions cuts are implemented.
“It’s clearly time to act,” Gene Karpinski of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) adds, “and [Obama is] setting out a bold, ambitious, comprehensive plan for what he can do without needing to rely upon Congress.”