The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced carbon pollution standards that will apply to new power plants built in the United States.

Under the proposal, new large natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, while new small natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour.

It is the first step in President Obama's plan to combat climate-change.

But the coal industry says consumers will pay the price due to higher utility bills for households and businesses.

Al Jazeera's Jeanne Meserve reports from Washington.

Source: Al Jazeera