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Obama announces new Clean Power Plan






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Barack Obama has a new plan to fight climate change, called the Clean Power Plan. He said it would protect America's economy and health. He wants to switch from coal to renewable energies. He wants power plants to cut carbon emissions by 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. He said: "This is our moment to get this right and leave something better for our kids….If we don't get climate change right, we may not be able to reverse it."

Obama said the plan would benefit the nation's health. It will stop 3,600 premature deaths and 1,700 heart attacks each year. There will be fewer missed work and school days because of sickness. America could save up to $34 billion a year on health. Not everyone thinks the plan is a good idea. Jeb Bush said it would, "throw countless people out of work, and increase everyone's energy prices".

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