The Clean Power Plan
By Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator
Yesterday, the administration announced their proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
That’s right, the Clean Power Plan — which set the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants — is the latest Obama Administration action in danger of repeal, as this administration tries to drag us backward in the fight against climate change.
Instead of fulfilling their mission to keep our air and water clean, this administration is using stall tactics to defer their legal and moral obligation to reduce pollutants that threaten American families and fuel climate change. They want to replace our plan with a weaker standard sometime in the future, if they replace it at all.
Shame on them.
Their proposal does nothing to protect public health and the natural resources we need to survive and thrive. It’s not smart or economically sound. It ignores the investment opportunities and health benefits of our country’s transition to cleaner energy. And it ignores climate change solutions that are plentiful, less expensive than traditional fossil fuels, and producing jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy.
Despite the misleading rhetoric of a vocal minority, the scientific consensus on climate is clear as day. Families, communities and businesses are seeing it firsthand. They have suffered the devastating loss of life and property from the extreme hurricanes, droughts and forest fires that will only get increasingly dangerous if these pollutants go unchecked.
As President Obama has said, we’re the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and we may be the last generation with the ability to do something about it. That’s why the Obama administration took our responsibility to protect the health and futures of our children seriously. We met our legal and moral obligation to take action on climate when we finalized the Clean Power Plan — which was based on extensive outreach and input from millions of Americans, states, utilities, energy regulators, environmental groups, communities, tribes, and the public.
Our plan reinforced where energy markets were heading so we could maintain a reliable and affordable energy supply, while sending a clear signal that unlocked the clean energy revolution. And time has proven us right. Utilities, state, cities and towns are investing in clean energy, consumers are seeing lower energy costs and all of us are benefiting from clean energy jobs.
We made important progress in tackling climate change — thanks in large part to people like you. Don’t let this administration stand in the way. Tell them you want our federal government to recommit to strong climate leadership here in the U.S. and across the world:
Originally published at www.ofa.us.