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Obama to release hard-hitting climate change plan

President Obama says the White House is to unveil what he called the biggest and most important step taken in tackling climate change. But opponents in the energy industry have criticised the plans. The strategy will outline restrictions on CO2 from electricity that individual states will have to implement. To give reluctant states more time to comply, the starting date is expected to be delayed by two years. It's likely that new supports for renewable energy will also be announced. In June last year the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) first put forward its proposals for restrictions on power plants. The EPA said that emissions from electricity generation need to be reduced by 30 percent of the 2005 level by 2030. Even before the rule was announced, many states announced plans to fight it, including some vows to take the administration to court over the new rules. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged states not to comply with the plan in a letter to all 50 governors.

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