Maryland reviews proposed greenhouse gas limits

According to WBALTV 11, the current Maryland government administration is reviewing the impact of President Obama's plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. 

The 3,000-page plan has been submitted to the Department of the Environment and is currently being read by Democrats and Republicans alike. Many have praised the bill, such as U.S. Senator Ben Cardin.

"In Maryland, where 70 percent of Marylanders live in coastal zones, we have some of the strongest air pollution standards in the country. Current and new standards contribute to healthier communities and new jobs from a growing economy. The U.S. must continue to lead by example. Pollution, storms and droughts do not abide by state or international borders," said Cardin.

The newest rules created by the Obama administration call for a change from coal-fueled power to solar and wind energy. 

Although the plan has been drafted in the past, it was tweaked and announced again, with larger cuts to emissions and more government aid to do so.

32 percent of carbon emissions will be cut from power plants by 2030, but states will now have until 2022 to comply, instead of 2020. They will also be able to submit their plans for change through 2018 instead of the previous set deadline of 2017. 

Between 2005 and 2013 carbon dioxide emissions from power plants fell by 15 percent, meaning the U.S. as a whole is halfway toward its target.

Many believe the plan will be welcomed by the United Nations, as a signal of better climate control and understanding.

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