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BBC媒体英语 Obama's new pollution measure 奥巴马宣布美国减排新规

更新时间:2014/6/8 11:13:23 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

美国政府将公布一项减碳计划来限制其火力发电厂的碳排放。这将是美国有史以来为缓解全球气温变暖而采取的最重要的行动之一。

The United States produces more greenhouse gases than any country in the world, apart from China. The plan to curb emissions from fossil-fuelled power plants is the most ambitious measure proposed by President Obama in his efforts to tackle climate change.

The details of the plan will be laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency. It will give broad flexibility to states to decide how to meet carbon reduction targets, whether by closing coal-fired power stations and switching to cleaner sources of energy, or by creating cap-and-trade schemes.

Some US media are reporting that by 2030 the government wants a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Business groups and Republicans fiercely oppose the new regulations, and say they're likely to drive up electricity prices. But for the president the measure is important for his environmental legacy and in order to show global leadership on climate change.

Quiz 听力测验

1. According to the report, which country produces the most greenhouse gases?
China.

2. True or false? Every US state will have to meet the same carbon reduction targets.
True. The plans will give broad flexibility to states to decide how to meet carbon reduction targets but they must meet the same targets.

3. Why do Republicans dislike the new regulations about carbon reduction?
They think the plans are likely to increase - drive up - electricity prices.

4. What word in the last paragraph means ‘action done to achieve something’?
Measure.

Glossary 词汇表

curb 限制
fossil-fuelled 化石燃料的
power plants 发电厂
ambitious 雄心勃勃的,任务艰巨的
tackle 应付,解决
targets 目标
fiercely oppose 强烈反对
drive up 抬高
legacy (政策)遗产

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