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At the end of his term in office, U.S. President Barack Obama wants to set the course once again for a new global climate policy in order to Climate Change and make the earth still habitable in the future. According to Obama, climate change and global warming are the greatest challenges that humans will face in the future. Obama’s proposals primarily affect coal-fired power plants around the world – massive resistance from industry is on the horizon.
Carbon Dioxide Emissions To Be Drastically Reduced
The core of Obama’s plan is to reduce CO2 emissions worldwide by at least one-third. Especially in his own country, Obama is able to enforce this, and the USA is one of the biggest polluters on earth. Renewable energies such as solar and wind power plants are to take the place of coal-fired power plants. This should be done by 2030 and would affect about 1000 power plants in the USA. Various large corporations and also some US states have already announced their opposition.
Resistance Also From Presidential Candidates
Even the Republicans are up in arms against Obama’s plan. They call it a disaster and unrealistic. They also claim that the plan could cost people their jobs and destroy prosperity. Behind this is also the hope of becoming the next president, as presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush also sharply criticized Obama’s plan. In 4 months there will be a climate conference in Paris. Then we will see whether Obama’s plans will be taken into account.
Explanation Of The Difficult Words
Under Climate Change we understand the warming of the earth, which is to be registered at the moment and has drastic consequences, as for example floods, storms, Tsunamis or also drought and thereby missing harvests. Climate change is particularly favored by the combustion of fuels such as coal in the power plants or also the gasoline for cars and airplanes (kerosene).
In the USA there are two major parties: The Democrats and the Republicans. Every president so far has come from one of these two parties.