August 3, 2015 - Washington, DC: Leaders of several groups fighting for action on climate change released the following joint statement in reaction to the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and encourages development of clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency:
“The Clean Power Plan is the single biggest and most ambitious action the U.S. has ever taken to tackle climate change. The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and will protect public health and reduce instances of asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature death related to air pollution. It will encourage governors across the country to invest in the clean, renewable sources of energy consumers want, and energy efficiency measures that will lower electricity bills for all Americans, especially those most in need. The Clean Power Plan is a win for our health, a win for future generations of Americans and a win for securing a clean energy economy.
“The unprecedented outpouring of public support for the Clean Power Plan from millions of Americans is a strong signal to states that they should seize the opportunity inherent in the plan to lead on innovation, and reap the health and prosperity benefits that will come with a shift to clean energy for the future. By taking advantage of the flexibility allowed within the Clean Power Plan, states can craft custom plans that foster rapid deployment of clean energy and reflect their unique needs to meet these achievable carbon pollution reduction goals.
“The Clean Power Plan also sends a strong message to the global community that the United States is committed to action on climate change and it sets the framework for the international climate talks taking place later this year.
“We commend the president for his steadfast commitment to get this done. The Clean Power Plan is a tremendous achievement and we look forward to working with this President and the next to continue to take action to address climate change.”
Rhea Suh, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America
Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
Tom Steyer, Founder, NextGen Climate
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice