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Broken promises are Obama's real legacy

Issue No. 2465

US president Barack Obama greets Hispanic voters at an award ceremony last year

US president Barack Obama greets Hispanic voters at an award ceremony last year (Pic: The White House)


Barack Obama announced the final version of his “Clean Power Plan” on Sunday.

The US president aims to reduce the greenhouse gases from the country’s coal-burning power plants.

Unlike the Obama Care health programme which went through Congress, Obama is passing this through an executive branch order.

The revised plan will aim to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent by 2030—but based on the 2005 levels.  And it will use a cap and trade system that has failed to tackle climate change in Europe.

Coal supplied 37 percent of US electricity in 2012. There are 442 active coal mines in the biggest coal producing state, Kentucky.

Obama's plan faces a right wing offensive from the Republicans

He wants to leave a legacy behind as his presidential term comes to an end. The things his supporters hoped for have not happened.

The US is still at war. It is bombing Iraq and Syria. Almost 2,500 people have been killed by US drone strikes since Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

US police have murdered 176 black people so far this year.

Obama Care—often touted as his flagship policy—does little to help the poor. And he never kept his promise to shut down the hated Guantanamo Bay.

These unfulfilled promises are the true legacy of the Obama administration.


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