Carbon Pollution Standard for Existing
Power Plants is Life-Saving Measure, Says League

Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed a carbon pollution standard for existing power plants, a critical and bold step in the fight against climate change.

“We are pleased that today the President has taken these additional steps as his Administration confronts one of the greatest challenges 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, the leading cause of climate change. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that proposes common sense solutions to protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change,” MacNamara said.

“The public is strongly in favor of reducing the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment,” said MacNamara. “If we don’t act now to cut carbon pollution the costs will continue to escalate: more frequent and deadly weather that results in billions of dollars of recovery for communities and the federal government each year. Today’s announcement is another important step in the fight to beat back climate change,” MacNamara said.

“League members and supporters across the country are once again proud to stand in support of the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution and fulfill his commitment to people, not polluters. We are eager to work with him to implement life-saving measures to protect our children, our nation and our world from the damaging effects of climate change.”

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 Contact: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-133, kceballos@lwv.org