American Lung Association lauds Clean Power Plan for protecting vulnerable citizens
Scientists point to often overlooked health benefits of limiting carbon emissions
Scientists say that Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will help combat climate change while protecting the health of U.S. citizens.
Power plants account for nearly 40 percent of the country’s emission of carbon dioxide, which is the most common greenhouse gas contributing to global warming. But there has been no limit to how much carbon these plants could spew into the air Americans breathe.
The revised plan will require the power sector to cut carbon emissions to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This aggressive new goal aims to reshape the nation’s electricity infrastructure by shifting the nation from fossil fuels toward renewable energies like wind and solar.
Wind energy vs. fossil fuels: Hurdles and hopes for a renewable future
The fossil fuel industry receives billions in taxpayer subsidies as the wind industry fights to take flight
The colossal oil spill in Southern California last month spurred many to wonder why we have not abandoned fossil fuels for wind and other sources of renewable energy.
A busted pipeline spewed an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil onto a pristine stretch of the Santa Barbara coastline on May 19, creating a nine-mile-wide oil slick in the Pacific.
“We don’t have an estimate for [the duration of] this cleanup response, as we are still assessing the extent of the contamination,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Rusty Harris-Bishop told Yahoo News this week.
Last year, roughly 67 percent of the nation’s electricity came from fossil fuels — such as coal, natural gas and petroleum — which release pollutants into the air.
Meanwhile, wind power, essentially a pollution-free, sustainable energy resource that the United States can harness domestically, supplied only 4.4 percent of the country’s electricity.