Statement on Carbon Pollution Standard for Existing Sources

Jun 2, 2014 Issues: Climate Change

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a draft proposal to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.  Carbon emissions from human activities, such as power generation, are the principal driver of climate change.  Power plants are responsible for 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, representing our nation’s single largest source of carbon pollution.  The standards as proposed would reduce carbon pollution 25 percent by 2025 and 30 percent by 2030, an equivalent of about 730 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, compared to 2005. 

In response to the announcement, the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) issued the following statement:

“SEEC welcomes EPA’s first-ever proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants.  Climate change is already altering the world around us.  All across our country people are witnessing its impacts, which will only worsen the longer we allow this problem to persist unmitigated.  We must work to address carbon pollution, the principal contributor to climate change.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step in fulfilling our promise of a healthier and brighter tomorrow for our children.  We already have limits on toxins like lead, mercury, and arsenic.  Carbon pollution should be no different and as of today it no longer is.  In the first year alone, these safeguards will help prevent 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks.   It’s a common-sense effort that builds on activities already underway in a number of states as well as other critical initiatives by the Administration to reign in carbon pollution, such as increasing the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and efficiency of our appliances.  

“In light of Congressional Republicans’ inability to recognize climate change and act in a responsible manner, we appreciate EPA stepping up and fulfilling its duty to protect generations now and in the future.  SEEC looks forward to working with all stakeholders in addressing climate change and moving America toward a sustainable, 21st century energy economy.”