Breaking News: President calls for carbon cuts

At his installation Mass as the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis said:

I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!

Today, President Obama and his Administration showed that they got the memo. Here’s a backgrounder from POLITICO:

EPA officially called Monday for requiring the nation’s existing power plants to cut their greenhouse gas pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 — a step that would advance U.S. efforts to tackle climate change and address a major unmet priority of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The proposed cuts are equivalent to canceling carbon pollution from two-thirds of cars and trucks in the U.S., the agency said. The rule is meant to prod the power industry to continue the already-sizable reductions it has achieved since 2005, for reasons that have included decreased reliance on coal and slumping demand for electricity.

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