U.S. plan means more clean energy, less carbon

Clean-energy activists rally for their cause in Florida. (© AP Images)

Before the world’s nations gather in Paris this December to settle on a global plan against climate change, the Obama administration has announced guidelines that will reduce U.S. carbon emissions.

Much of the improvement will come from cleaner power plants. That’s important, because one-third of all U.S. carbon emissions come from the generation of electricity.

The new carbon-pollution standards of the 2015 Clean Power Plan mean there will be more renewable energy sources like solar and wind power and also more natural gas in America’s energy mix.

Clean Power Plan goals include:

President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan also calls for:

  • More stringent fuel-efficiency and greenhouse standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
  • A new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans.
  • Over $4 billion in public- and private-sector investment in clean energy generation.