Sep 20 2013, 1:12pm CDT | by IANS
"Climate change - caused by carbon pollution - is one of the most significant public health threats of our time," said Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy while outlining the proposed plan.
An average coal plant in the US emits about 1,800lb of carbon dioxide per hour.
The plan has, however, met with opposition from the coal industry and congressional Republicans as it would eventually affect existing power plants, which account for around a third of all US greenhouse gas emissions.
To meet the standards set in the plan, coal plants would need to install new carbon capture technology, which the industry finds too expensive.
Coal-powered plants account for around 40 percent of US electricity consumption, a share which has been shrinking recently.
In his second inaugural address in January, he promised a renewed focus on climate change - a signature of his first election campaign that was essentially ignored during his first term as president in favour of healthcare reform.
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