Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Obama Acts On Climate Change. Is It Enough?

Obama, EPA, Acts On Climate Change. Is It Enough?

President Obama, the most radical liberal as Republicans call him, hasn't done anything significant to address the major issue of climate change while he's been in office for five years. But on Monday, EPA rolled out its most aggressive plan to crackdown on carbon emission ever. The plan proposed by the President aims to reduce the rates of emissions by 30% by 2030. The administration called it the "boldest move done yet by any president on climate change." This sounds like a big deal - except it isn't because any prior president hasn't done anything to tackle the issue. It was either a non-issue or was neglected while should've been addressed  - like by George Bush.

This is definitely a step in the right direction, but is it enough? No.

Think Progress has a detailed article highlighting all the intricate details about the plan. Here's one of the most interesting things I found while reading it: "This is a proposed rule, and will not be finalized until next year, after which the states would have a year to draft and submit their plans on how they will achieve their emissions reductions. If EPA approves, those states are off to the races. If not, EPA can just submit their own plan for the state." So it seems like the plan is coming together at snail's pace. It fact states can achieve the EPA's goal in fifty different ways, so I'm pretty sure the plan is filled with numerous loopholes.

Even though the implementation may not the aggressive enough, the results of even small change pretty considerable. As Think Progress stated, "This has additional benefits beyond greenhouse gas emission reduction, dropping pollution that causes soot and smog 25 percent by 2030, according to an EPA fact sheet. The EPA also said it would “avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths” and 150,000 asthma attacks in children. When you lower CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants, you also lower the emissions of other pollutants like nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, mercury, and sulfur dioxide." So apparently cutting down on carbon emissions not only help launch a new green economy, but it's very beneficial in terms of lowering health cares costs as well. Besides, it presents an opportunity to create a lot of good-playing jobs.

Read more at Think Progress - http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/02/3443593/obama-historic-action-on-climate-change/

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