World leaders are coming together to find solutions to the climate change dilemma. This was the case when President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff announced their joint plans to triple the amount of renewable energy in electricity generation to 20 percent by 2030. Presently, the United States receives 7 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, The Washington Times reports.
This pledge was made to demonstrate both countries' serious commitment to fight climate change and phase out their reliance on fossil fuels. One source of renewable energy that will not be increased is hydro-power. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan is expected to be released in August, despite backlash from utility companies and Republicans. This plan aims to significantly lower carbon emissions from power plants, therefore limiting the amounts of coal used in electricity generation.
Even though clean energy agendas have already been struck down in courts and Congress, the president's administration is still pushing forward with its climate change plans. Along with tripling renewable energy output, the two countries will also work to engage in joint energy projects and promote forest conservation.
"Our path to get there is consistent with the overall approach we've laid out, including principally being driven by the long-term incentives in the Clean Power Plan." Said Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president. "One of the things we intend to accomplish in implementing the final Clean Power Plan rule […] is to demonstrate strong, long-term incentives for investments in renewables."
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