MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's two United States senators are praising a plan by the Obama administration to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third over the next 15 years.

Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's applauding what he calls common-sense standards to reduce the gases that cause global warming.

Sen. Patrick Leahy says the new rules mark the end of the era of letting energy companies put profits over people.

Vermont is the only state that isn't covered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule because the state doesn't have any fossil-fuel fired power plants.

But Vermont state can work with other New England states to meet a multi-state goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sanders says more must be done at the national and international levels to combat climate change.