“On Monday, my administration will release the final version of America’s Clean Power Plan, the biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change,” Obama said in a video announcement.
The plan is said to task power plants in the United States to adopt 32-percent cuts in carbon pollution from 2005 levels by 2030. The previous target was set at 30 percent.
In the announcement, Obama named power plants as the “single biggest source of the harmful carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.”
“But until now, there have been no federal limits to the amount of that pollution that those plants can dump into the air,” he added.
The final plan seeks to heavily regulate coal and other fossil fuel plants, seeking to shift the focus on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
The US Environmental Protection Agency previously proposed similar regulations in 2012 and 2014.