The final Clean Power Plan is an important step for the United States to meet its 2020 and 2025 emissions-reduction targets, but the nation will need additional steps that continue accelerating these trends in the power sector and across the economy to achieve its goals.
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Hawaii made waves with its recent announcement to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, but it’s hardly the only island making big commitments to clean power.
The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants.
WASHINGTON (August 3, 2015)— The Obama administration is expected to announce today historic plans to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants for the first time. The Clean Power Plan would reduce emissions by an average of 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Following are statements from WRI's Andrew Steer, Jennifer Morgan and Sam Adams.
Andrew Steer, president and CEO, World Resources Institute:
A new data visualization reveals that only 10 states are responsible for nearly 50 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Paul Polman recently visited WRI to talk about Unilever's business model, equitable supply chains and sustainability.
The EPA will soon release emissions standards for existing power plants, the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Action from the world's two largest emitters, which together account for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, should inspire greater climate commitments from other nations.
Three short stories of landscape restoration in the western United States show that restoration can mean a lot more than just planting trees. Sometimes it means cutting trees, setting fires, and unleashing destructive rodents. Perhaps we'd better explain.
As Karl Hausker noted in a Congressional testimony, the United States can not only achieve its goal of reducing emissions 26-28 percent by 2025—doing so will actually create economic and quality-of-life benefits.