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September 29, 2016
Pillar of Obama climate plan has its day in court
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2016
The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's drive to fight global warming underwent close scrutiny Tuesday in a high-stakes day in court. The so-called Clean Power Plan, approved last year, sets state-by-state emissions targets for existing power plants and aims to reduce America's output of CO2 by nearly a third by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels. They mostly affect coal-fired plants, a big part of the US energy mix and a major source of carbon emissions pollution. But the Supreme Court put ... read more

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