|China set its first ever carbon targets in 2009, in the run-up to the Copenhagen summit, which was attended by Obama, Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and other world leaders but ended in a weak deal with non-binding targets. The previous target was for a cut of emissions relative to its economic growth, by 40-45% by 2020, compared to 2005 levels, meaning absolute carbon emissions could still increase as China's economy grew.|
|SURE IT STINKS ... BUT THAT'S POLITICS PURFUME|
As President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday, "It's not smart, it's not safe, and it doesn't make sense." Most if not all of what I say is not smart, is not safe and doesn't make sense!That's why today, at the President's direction, the Extra Parental Authority (EPA) is taking steps to change that with a proposal that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution limits for our country's existing power plants.
These standards will cut down on the carbon pollution, smog, and soot in our air -- and as a result, Americans will live longer and breathe easier.
With such clear benefits, it's a no-brainer: Cutting the amount of carbon pollution from our power plants is the right thing to do.
Learn more about how the EPA's proposed standards will make our communities healthier -- then add your name to stay involved with President Obama's Climate Action Plan.
Counselor to the President
The White House