Current Events that make Sense #29

Clean Power Plan

 

Before he leaves office, Obama is pushing through all the policies he wants to be known for. The latest, one Obama describes as “the biggest, most important step we have ever taken” in tackling climate change.

 

This plan started way back in 2012, but only now has the final version has been unveiled. Called the Clean Power Plan, power plant owners in the US must cut emissions by a third - using 2005 emission levels as the base - by 2030.

 

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Barack Obama

 

Obama said: "No challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate."

 

This plan enforces that power plants cease from using coal and natural gas, and begin utilising energy renewable sources, such as wind and solar power. However, not everyone’s happy, as power plants fueled by coal provide more than a third of the US electricity supply

 

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Coal dependent states in the US

 

 

TPPA Stumbles

 

In the follow up to my TPPA post a few weeks ago, talks to finalise details of the agreement have stalled.

 

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Country representatives at the TPP talks

 

Representatives from the 12 nations met in Hawaii last week, but after four days of talks - in which they couldn’t agree on certain matters - they’ve taken a break. Even though it is all shrouded in secrecy, the main issues were regarding the automobile sector, and the access to dairy markets - obviously, key for NZ).

 

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New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Tim Groser

 

A date hasn’t been set for the next set of talks, giving anti-TPP campaigners time to catch their breath. However, John Key says the talks could be held within the next few weeks.

 

John Key also says this deal needs to be sorted out soon; once the US presidential elections are underway, it will be a lot tougher to continue negotiations.

 

 

And finally…

 

Take a moment to watch this breathtaking video of the night skies from in and around Wellington, by Mark Gee.

 

 

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