California leads U.S. in cutting carbon pollution

California leads U.S. in cutting carbon pollution

California leads other state of the U. S. in many fields, and one of them is surely reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Many research projects have indicated that the greenhouse gases are the biggest cause of unrelenting global warming.

The Golden State quickly hailed the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's new Clean Power Plan that aims to tackle global warming by to cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The state has already achieved a notable success in the field by taking the challenge ahead of the federal government.

While the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030; California has set an ambitious goal to achieve a cut of 30 per cent in overall greenhouse gas emissions by the year of 2020.

California started the race nearly four decades ahead of the federal government, back in the mid-1970s, when the Golden State pioneered what one of the most efficient tools for cutting carbon pollution - energy efficiency.

In 2006, the state enacted Bill 1368, which became a revolutionary law that set the country's first carbon pollution standard for power plants. It is now being seen as forerunner of the EPA's recently announced Clean Power Plan.

The state's energy efficiency efforts over the past decades not only helped it avoid the construction of nearly 30 coal-powered electricity plants but also saved the Californian taxpayers more than $74 billion. The government translated those savings into lower residential electricity bills, which are now nearly 25 per cent lower than the national average.

California can now act as a role model for the entire nation for cutting carbon pollution and promoting clean energy.

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