Earlier this month, President Obama announced the US EPA's Clean Power Plan. The plan sets goals for each state to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, resulting in a national 32% reduction in CO2 below 2005 levels by 2030. Each state will choose from suggested action items to reach these targets, with assessment and support from the federal government. Action items include improving energy infrastructure, installing renewable energy power plants, and fostering energy efficiency.
This is an incredibly important step for the United States; it is finally taking responsibility for its contribution to global climate change. With coordinated national research and policy, our country can achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions in parallel to other countries' initiatives. Nonprofit organizations like 350.org, the Climate Reality Project, and the 100% Campaign have been working tirelessly to establish federal policy like this. Even with its shortcomings, the Clean Power Plan brings the United States into the international effort to curb climate change.