Environmental and Progressive Groups Offer Strong Support for Obama Administration, EPA Proposal to Limit Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants

Washington, DC – Following today’s EPA proposal of the first-ever national carbon pollution standards for new power plants, a coalition of environmental and progressive groups, supporting strong clean air standards, pledged their support for this important action.

The groups issued the following joint statement:

“Today the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first national standards for carbon pollution from future power plants. This sets the United States on a course to address the largest source of carbon pollution in the nation, America’s aging power plants. While public health safeguards against mercury, arsenic, soot and other dangerous pollution from power plants exist, there are no federal limits on the carbon pollution that is responsible for climate change and fuels extreme weather, droughts and wildfires. Until now.

“This proposal is a major step toward meeting our obligation to protect our children and future generations from the growing threat of climate change. When this policy is finalized, the President and the EPA will ensure that no future power plants can dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution in the air.  

“We applaud President Barack Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for proposing this important public health and clean air safeguard. Along with millions of Americans, we encourage the administration to next move forward with strong carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.”

The following groups have signed onto the statement:

Center for American Progress

Environment America

Environmental Defense Fund

EarthJustice

League of Conservation Voters

League of Women Voters

Natural Resources Defense Council

Sierra Club

Contact: Benton Strong, 206.856.2309, bentonstrongcac@gmail.com

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