Obama to announce new pollution targets for power plants

Fossil fuel plant
Image caption The US plans to curb emissions from fossil-fuelled power plants.

The US government is due to give details about its plan to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuel power stations. This will be one of the most significant actions to try to reduce global warming in US history.

Reporter: Beth McLeod

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The United States produces more greenhouse gases than any country in the world, apart from China.

The plan to curb emissions from fossil-fuelled power plants is the most ambitious measure proposed by President Obama in his efforts to tackle climate change.

The details of the plan will be laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency.

It will give broad flexibility to states to decide how to meet carbon reduction targets, whether by closing coal-fired power stations and switching to cleaner sources of energy, or by creating cap-and-trade schemes.

Some US media are reporting that by 2030 the government wants a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Business groups and Republicans fiercely oppose the new regulations, and say they're likely to drive up electricity prices.

But for the president the measure is important for his environmental legacy and in order to show global leadership on climate change.

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curb: membatasi

fossil-fuelled: bahan bakar batu bara atau minyak

power plants: pembangkit listrik

ambitious: ambisius

tackle: mengatasi

targets: target, sasaran

fiercely oppose: menentang keras

drive up: meningkatkan

legacy: warisan

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