Obama defends new carbon emission rules in face of mounting backlash

Obama urged supporters to ignore ‘naysayers’ and build support for rules which would cut carbon pollution from power plants 30% by 2030

Barack Obama took personal charge of the campaign for historic new climate change regulations on Monday, defending a 30% cut in carbon pollution from power plants from a backlash by business lobbies, conservative groups and Democrats in oil and coal states.

The new rules, unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency, would cut carbon pollution from power plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.

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