Washington, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intention to use executive authority to set a national limit on carbon pollution from coal plants. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will release the carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on Monday. The Chief Justice John Roberts Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority and responsibility to limit carbon pollution from major sources. Experts at the Center for American Progress released the following statements:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress:
The proposed rule has the dual benefit of curbing the devastating effects of carbon pollution on our health and environment and boosting our economy by spurring technological innovation. Americans all over the country are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We can no longer afford to stand idly by as Congress fails to address the nation’s largest contributor to greenhouse gases. Taking action to reduce these pollutants will help families and communities, but it is also a demonstration of leadership on one of the greatest challenges of our time.
Carol M. Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress:
Carbon is the last unchecked pollutant from power plants. The EPA and the Obama administration are taking an historic step to protect our children and future generations from climate change impacts. The proposed rule will drive technological innovation and give states the flexibility to meet reduction targets through their own plans. Now is the time for states to begin working with residents and businesses, public health officials, and industry leaders to plot the course forward. Making a dent in the unlimited carbon pollution from power plants is essential if we hope to have any measurable success in reversing climate change, and the states will lead the way in setting this policy.
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