The Environment Protection Agency ( Epa ) Essay

1104 Words Nov 25th, 2014 5 Pages
With the United States being the second largest contributor of burning fossil fuels in the world, a new source of energy is overdue. About 86% of the country’s types of energy sources originate from fossil fuel consumption and other closely linked greenhouse gases. Some of these emissions include carbon dioxide, methane and other harmful gases. Without an alternate source of energy the atmosphere will continue to trap higher amounts of toxic gases and eventually won’t be capable of providing enough oxygen for us to breathe. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has begun to produce new guidelines that will help reduce carbon pollution from electric generating facilities. One of their main plans to do this is through their Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) from fossil fuel powered plants, smog and soot by 25 percent, and the United States largest source of carbon by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. This proposal also strides to reduce smog and soot by 25 percent. One key issue with the environment is the slow transition from old to new. From 1990-2012 the world’s energy from fossil fuels barely changed, it went from 88 to 87 percent. Less than 10 percent of the U.S. energy supply were renewable in 2011, and the majority of them were considered “old” renewable energy sources (hydroelectric plants, and burning wood waste from lumbering operations). Now, new renewables such as wind, solar, and modern biofuels (corn ethanol) have only…

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