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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, 2015 (U.N. photo by Mark Garten).

U.S. Emissions Rules Give Paris Climate Change Talks a Boost

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Editor’s note: Guest columnist Neil Bhatiya is filling in for Michael Cohen, who will return next week.

On Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. The new regulations, a tweak to initial rules that had been released in June 2014, are meant to provide the framework for individual U.S. states in meeting emissions-reduction goals in their electricity sectors. In forecasting a 32 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels, the plan relies on incentivizing the adoption of low-carbon energy sources nationwide, especially solar and wind power. As Michael Levi, an expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, concluded, the rule is ambitious given existing political realities and keeps the United States on track to meet its commitment to greenhouse-gas reductions of 17 percent by 2020. ...

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