LEAGUE PRAISES ADMINISTRATION’S SIGNIFICANT STEP AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

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

 Washington, D.C.  – Today the Obama Administration proposed a carbon pollution standard for new power plants, an important step in the fight against climate change that the President foreshadowed in a critical speech just a few months ago.

“We are quite pleased that today the President has taken the necessary steps 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, the leading cause of climate change. Reducing the amount of carbon pollution from power plants is a life-saving measure that will protect our children, our nation and the world from the devastating effects of climate change,” MacNamara said.

“Last spring, we were proud to help in the effort to garner over three million comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of regulations to cut carbon pollution from power plants,” added MacNamara. “The public is strongly in favor of reducing the deadly effects that carbon pollution has on the health of our children and our environment. 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. Today’s announcement is another important step in the fight to beat back climate change,” MacNamara said.

“The League is proud 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. We look forward to working with him to implement 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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