Obama’s Clean Power Plan: A Huge Win for Algae

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: A Huge Win for Algae

In Washington, the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan has been hailed by the Algae Biomass Organization and other sections of the advanced bioeconomy as a huge win for algae with its OK for carbon capture and use technologies.

The Clean Power Plan sets federal guidelines for states to follow in order to cut carbon emissions by 32 percent before 2030. According to the EPA, CO2 alone is responsible for 84 percent of the greenhouse gas problem. More than a third of that comes straight from existing power plants.

The Plan is a final rule from the EPA, capping a years-long effort by the Obama Administration to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, after efforts to pass legislation for cap-and-trade failed in the Congress during Obama’s first term. Along the way, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed the Administration’s right to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.

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