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Obama seeks to slash emissions from power plants

Sunday, August 02, 2015 - 00:56

President Barack Obama prepares to unveil his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants. Diane Hodges reports.

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A new plan to tackle greenhouse gases. The proposal from President Barack Obama will seek to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 32 percent over the next 15 years. It's designed to transform the U.S. electricity sector, and move it toward more renewable energy. Ahead of the unveiling, the White House launched an aggressive public relations campaign. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "If you believe like I do, that we can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that is beyond fixing, then I'm asking you to share this message with your friends and family. Push your own communities to adopt smarter, more sustainable practices." But the coal industry and its political allies are expected to push back to block the cuts. And the battle has already started -- Five governors who oppose the new rules have already said they will not comply with its requirements.

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Obama seeks to slash emissions from power plants

Sunday, August 02, 2015 - 00:56