What an exciting week it has been. The EPA submitted the Clean Power Plan, to cut carbon pollution emitted by power plants by 30% by 2030. Currently, there are no limits on the carbon pollution power plants emit. Power plants contribute up to one-third of emitted greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
Why Worry About Carbon Pollution?
To understand more about coal-fired power plants and why carbon pollution is so detrimental to public health and the climate, view this short video from #BeyondCoal.
Cutting the carbon pollution power plants emit will make positive impacts on public health and the climate, benefiting future generations. The proposed Clean Power Plan will cut hundreds of millions of tons of carbon pollution and hundreds of thousands of tons of harmful particle pollution, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. You can view the EPA’s video of the Clean Power Plan here.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids.”
The EPA will accept comment on the proposal for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register and will hold four public hearings on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28 in the following cities: Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. The proposed rule, information about how to comment and supporting technical information are available online at: http://www.epa.gov/cleanpowerplan .