President Obama has called climate change the greatest threat facing the next generation, and he and other leaders worldwide are working to cut the carbon pollution fueling climate change.
Yet, Representative Ed Whitfield (R-Kentucky), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and his allies are at it again working to pass anti-climate legislation aimed at gutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to set and enforce carbon standards for power plants, otherwise known as the Clean Power Plan.
The proposal seeks to undermine EPA efforts to address climate pollution from power plants by establishing barriers to EPA enforcement of the final Clean Power Plan rule for an indefinite period of time. The bill would also afford states the option to refuse to comply with federal policy and restrict the ability of the EPA to develop federal implementation plans for states that fail to act on carbon standards.
Environmental Advocates has joined with our partners in the Take Sides climate coalition to demand real action on climate from our public officials. Together, we have called on the New York State Congressional Delegation to oppose Rep. Whitfield’s misguided legislation and stand up for New Yorkers by calling on the house leadership to reject this damaging proposal (see the Take Sides letter here).
New York State is a national leader on the curtailment of climate pollution through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and stringent carbon regulations for newly constructed power plants – standards even stronger than those proposed by the EPA. The time has come for the rest of the nation to catch up with New York. It is up to our representatives in Congress and our state leaders to help lead the way. They can start by standing up to climate polluters and opposing this attack on the EPA, any other position puts the health of our communities at-risk and runs counter to the State’s economic interests.