Environments Newsletter

august 2015

the final clean power plan: twists and turns

On August 3, President Obama released his long- anticipated final Clean Power Plan (CPP), the first major federal effort to significantly reduce carbon pollution from power plants nationwide. The Environmental Protection Agency, which will enforce the Plan, formally describes the CPP’s carbon dioxide standards as reflecting “the best system of emission reductions.” Under the Plan, each state is obliged to develop an individual program for compliance. President Obama hopes that the CPP will inspire other countries to follow suit by announcing new initiatives to curb carbon pollution at this winter’s United Nations Climate Change conference.

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