The long-awaited package of measures aimed at halting climate change and protect the United States from possible consequences announced on June 25, 2013 by Barack Obama.
The package includes restrictions on the production of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, expansion of RES projects in public areas, strengthening flood defenses, tightening of efficiency standards and more active U.S. role in the negotiations aimed at reaching an international agreement.
With the expansion of wind and solar installations, inter alia, the government hopes to meet the needs of 6 million households by the end of the tenth, essentially doubling the power projects currently operating in public areas.
A key element of the plan is the introduction of controls on new and existing power plants, which currently produce 40% of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and one third of greenhouse gas emissions. However, it remains unknown how severe will the new regulations be under the weight and pressure of the rulers of seven states, fearing that the project will led to the closure, and thus calling not to be materialize.
“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to live in a world that can no longer be corrected,” said Mr. Obama addressed to students at the University of Georgetown. He added that the issue will continue to be a priority during his second term, despite opposition Republicans, who control Congress.
Watch his speak at the video below