President Obama 's Clean Power Plan

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President Obama’s Clean Power Plan In August 2015 President Obama and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) finalized their plan to cut carbon pollution and drive climate change, called the Clean Power Plan. President Obama first announced his rededication to Climate change in a speech at Georgetown University, in June of 2013, saying: “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that is beyond fixing” (whitehouse.gov). Indeed, since, Obama has once again stepped back into the belief that fixing our planet is not only what is right, but also it is what is necessary for the people of tomorrow to live in a world that is not damaging to their health. Even though he recently reaffirmed his stance on the issue,…show more content…
As he started his campaign for President in 2008, Obama stated his passion for the cause in a strong statement via video for a climate conference in Los Angeles, as transcribed by the New York Times: “My presidency will mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process” (Broder). Much like his statements in the previously failed bills out of the Senate, Obama planned to reduce Carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. He intended to start his administration on strong footing by attaining something he has reached for for so long - clean energy and a reduction in carbon emissions - and now, hopefully as President, he would have the power to follow through on this agenda. However, his plans for decreasing Carbon emissions came to a standstill with the death of his cap-and-trade bill - the American Clean Energy and Security Act- that was killed in the Senate. This cap-and-trade mechanism - “a market based incentive to reduce carbon emissions,” planned to cut down on greenhouse gases and global warming by mandating a “ combine renewable electricity and energy efficiency standard requiring that 20 % of electricity sales by 2020 be met by renewable energy and energy efficiency” (aceee.org). Obama still believes it is the best course of action to use such incentives to slowly turn our nation into a society that is fully environmentally friendly. Using incentives would ensure
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