The BlueGreen Alliance supports the EPA’s authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We are pleased that this proposed rule permits each state to craft a compliance plan that is tailored to the specifics of its local and regional economy; that will protect existing jobs while reducing emissions; and that can create opportunities to grow new jobs, encourage investment, and jumpstart new technologies.
This proposal can be a significant step forward, if we all engage to develop and implement it.
There were three points emphasized by Executive Director Kim Glas at a hearing on the Clean Power Plan held in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2014:
First, the proposed rule sets reasonable targets for reducing carbon pollution that the final rule should retain.
Second, the proposal’s flexible compliance approach is essential to its success.
Third, community and workforce stability and development should be integral elements of any carbon reduction strategy.
We at the BlueGreen Alliance applaud the EPA for moving forward on addressing the threat of climate change. And we look forward to working in states to develop well-crafted implementation plans that achieve these goals.
View the as-prepared testimony by clicking the link below.