LEAGUE COMMENDS ADMINISTRATION’S LATEST STEP AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Washington, DC - Today the Obama Administration published a new proposal limiting the amount of carbon pollution for new power plants in the Federal Register. This is an important step in the fight against climate change.

“We are quite pleased that today the President has kept his commitment to confront the greatest challenge of our lifetime: climate change,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

“Power plants are the largest emitter of life-threatening carbon pollution in our country. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution, which is the leading cause of climate change, is a life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change,” MacNamara said.

“The League has been proud to be a part of the push to garner support and collect comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants,” added MacNamara. “Thousands of League members from around the country have already vocally expressed their support for this life saving proposal. These same League members will continue to lead the way by expressing their support for the finalization of this historic regulation that will reduce the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment,” MacNamara stated.

“Carbon pollution comes at a high cost to all of us, contributing to more frequent and deadly weather that results in billions of dollars of recovery for communities and the federal government each year,” said MacNamara. “Today’s announcement is another important step in the fight to beat back climate change.”

“The League is proud to continue to stand in support of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution from new power plants and fulfill his commitment to people, not polluters,” concluded MacNamara. “We look forward to continuing to work with him to implement this proposal, as well as a future proposal on existing coal fired power plants. Together, these regulations will create life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change.”

Contact: Kelly Ceballos, kceballos@lwv.org, 202-263-1331

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