Obama was emotional when he argued that climate change had already affected the reality we live in each day, saying he could not wait any longer to address the causes.
We only have one home and we only have one planet, so no plan B exists, said the President.
He added that he did not want his grandchildren not to have the ability to swim in Hawaii or not be able to climb mountains or visit a glacier because today’s generation would not do anything about climate change.
The rule is the cornerstone of the climate agenda of Obama and White House officials called it an important step in building momentum toward a worldwide climate change agreement this December in Paris.
The regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency demands that all power producers cut carbon emission 32% below what they were one decade ago before 2030, and designed to encourage the use of cleaner alternatives.
However, Republicans as well as industry groups vowed to fight the new rule in Congress as well as the courts, arguing it could eliminate jobs in areas that are coal-producing, drive up electrical bills and cause the U.S. electrical grid to be unreliable.
Mitch McConnell the Majority Leader in the Senate who is from Kentucky a state that produces coal, said he would do all he could to fight the new rule.
He said the rule would likely close power plants, eliminate jobs and cause electricity costs to increase for both businesses and families.
The White House is planning to make an aggressive case for today’s rule as the campaign season begins to heat up; the fate of the rule could hinge on the party that wins the White House in 2016.
Hillary Clinton the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race has supported the deal and has pledged to protect it if she were elected to the White House. Candidates from the Republican Party are opposed to the rule.
Obama said he would be the first U.S. president to visit the Alaskan Arctic and will highlight the negative impact of today’s climate change. He will also promote sources of clean energy during this month at an event in Las Vegas.