California a model for U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions
California, the most populous state of the U. S., can act as model for the rest of the country in efforts to cut greenhouse gas pollution. The golden States is one of the first states of the country to willingly adopt the first-ever caps on power plant greenhouse gas emissions, which are responsible for the growing problem of global warming/climate change.
California leaders recently hailed the Obama administration's proposals to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and expressed optimism that the state would be able to meet targets set by the Obama government.
The Obama administration has proposed the states to achieve a 30 per cent cut in power plant greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But, California aims to cut overall greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.
Cathy Zoi, former chief of staff on environmental policy in the Clinton administration, pointed out that the state has already worked out how to optimally use renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind power.
Speaking on the topic, Zoi added, "We use lots of natural gas. Our energy-efficiency programs here in California are world-best practice. So the program that we have here is setting the national standard for what can be done."
Experts believe that it will not be very difficult for California to achieve the targets as the state has already had a head start in the push to cut pollution by adopting the 2006 global warming law. Hence, the Obama government's plans will not translate into sweeping change in how power is generated in the state.
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