Obama announces tough climate change plan

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Washington: US President Barack Obama announced a tougher climate change plan on Monday for power plants although several states protested against its implementation. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had announced the proposed regulations in 2012 and 2014. The White House is hoping that a Clear Power Plan could trigger sweeping policy changes which could shut a large number of coal power plants and cut US emission of Carbon dioxide by 32 percent within 2030 in comparison with 2005.

According to the new plan, all the states have been asked to design their own plans by the EPA to reach the carbon reduction goals assigned to them by 2030. The states will have to submit their plans within September 2016, failing which the EPA will impose its own plan unless the state applies for an extension period.

The implementation of the carbon reduction has also be shifted to 2022 from 2020, following complaints from the states that the original deadline was too soon.