United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praises what he says is U.S. President Barack Obama's 'global leadership' in tackling climate change challenges. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the Obama administration's new power plant plan during a visit to the White House on Tuesday (August 4). During a meeting in the Oval Office, Ban said the rule shows the United States can change the world by being leading the way for other countries on climate change. President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday (August 3) at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Declaring climate change the greatest threat facing the world, Obama said the regulation requiring the power sector to cut its emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 would reduce Americans' energy bills and improve the health of vulnerable populations nationwide. The plan, which also mandates a shift to renewable energy from coal-fired electricity, is meant to put the United States in a strong position at international talks in Paris later this year on reaching a deal to curb global warming. On Tuesday, Obama said he pressed Ban to urge other nations to take on the fight against climate change.