This summer President Barack Obama gave a speech on his climate action plan, and last month his administration shared proposed rules for carbon emissions from new power plants. The Sierra Club and local experts talked about the president's plan and other climate change issues at a roundtable discussion at the University of Michigan September 23rd.
Solar power, wind power, public transportation, and the University of Michigan's role in climate action were some of the topics discussed at the Carbon Rule and Climate Action roundtable.
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje says he hopes the national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions lines up with the city's ongoing program.
While the Obama administration has released recommendations that would reduce the amount of carbon emissions from new coal fired power plants, the proposed guidelines for modified plants and existing plants won't be finished until next spring.
Sierra Club in Michigan's Beyond Coal to Clean Energy Organizer, Brad Van Guilder says utilities in Michigan are working on their clean energy plans now so Southeast Michigan residents should be encouraging DTE Energy to increase their renewable energy portfolio. He says since power plants are the largest single human made source of carbon emissions they are an important area of focus.