California hails Obama plan to cut carbon emissions

California hails Obama plan to cut carbon emissions

Californian authorities on Monday hailed the Obama administration's proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and added that they would continue with the green energy plans to meet the targets.

The Golden State is already claiming a head start in the push to cut greenhouse gas emissions, mainly as the result of the 2006 global warming law. Thus, the Obama administration's proposal will not translate into sweeping alteration on how power is produced in the state. However, Californian leaders are determined that they will not let their quest to cut emissions ease off.

The state's 2006 global warming law, which was signed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, put a "cap-&-trade" market that requires all power plants and other emitters of greenhouse gases to gradually cut down their emissions.

Governor Jerry Brown said in a statement, "Clean energy policies are already working in California, generating billions of dollars in energy savings and more than a million jobs."

Derek Walker, associate vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund, said he was confident that California would be able to meet the set standards.

California aims to slash overall greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by the year of 2020; while the Obama administration's plan focuses solely on power plants and states that states must achieve a 30 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2030.

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