U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a revised “Clean Power Plan” on Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions from American power stations by nearly a third within the next 15 years.
According to the BBC, this revised plan is likely to place significant emphasis on wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.
However, opponents in the energy industry have vowed to fight President Obama declared war on coal, which provides over a third of electricity supply in the United States.
The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.
Each state in American is expected to be given an emission-cutting goal and will be asked to submit a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency on how it will meet the target set for it.
President Obama is hoping to use Monday’s announcement to secure his legacy on climate change.
The measures are expected to give him the moral authority to argue for global reductions in greenhouse gases at a major conference in Paris later this year.
However, several state governors are saying they will simply ignore the plan.
In face of the criticism, the White House said the release of the plan was “the starting gun for an all-out climate push” by the president and his cabinet.
In a video released by the White House, Obama said the new limits were backed up by decades of data showing that without action the world faced more extreme weather and escalating health problems.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she would defend the plan if she was elected to replace Obama in 2017.