GreenLaw Responds to President Obama’s National Climate Action Plan

GreenLaw Supports Efforts to Impose First-Ever Carbon Restrictions on Coal Plants

President Obama today unveiled his Climate Action Plan and called upon states to enact innovative programs to tackle the problems of climate change head on. Of particular interest to Georgians is the proposal related to carbon emissions.

Georgia ranks first in the country for the operation of uneconomical coal-fired plants according to a November 2012 Union of Concerned Scientist report and Plant Scherer consistently ranks as one of the dirtiest coal plants in the nation. Despite the scientific data showing the harmful effects carbon has on our health and our climate, there are no limits to the amount of carbon that power plants can dump into our environment. The president’s plan to impose new limits for new and existing plants will help curb the amount carbon pollution emitted in Georgia.

“Now, more than ever, we hope that stricter regulations on greenhouse gases will halt the proposed construction of Plant Washington,” said GreenLaw Executive Director, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield. “For our children and future generations, Georgians need to be embracing clean energy solutions like wind and solar, both in abundant supply in our state and region.”