President Barack Obama will sign an executive order that will cut the U.S. government’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a White House statement.
Obama has made fighting climate change a top priority in his last two years in office, with the White House seeing it as critical to his legacy.
Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a Clean Power Plan that set deadlines for states to give proposals to meet power plant carbon emission reduction goals.
A dozen states, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana and Wyoming, sued the EPA last August soon after the plan’s unveiling on grounds that its use of a certain section of the Clean Air Act was illegal. The federal D.C. Circuit Court of appeals will hear the case on April 16th.
Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2015, released last month, called for a seven percent boost in funding for clean energy and a $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants. It also called for the permanent extension of tax credits used by the wind and solar power industries.