Sierra Club Pledges to Defend Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan, published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 23, 2015, establishes the first ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants, with the ultimate goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. The publishing of this historical and ambitious plan, as well as the anticipated legal and Congressional challenges and opposition to compliance from states that rely heavily on coal power, has prompted Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, to release the following statement:  

 “Sierra Club’s 2.4 million members and supporters stand ready to vigorously defend the Clean Power Plan against any polluter sponsored attacks that aim to stifle America’s transition to a clean energy economy and protect vulnerable communities from climate disruption.

“We expect polluters and their allies to throw everything they’ve got at the Clean Power Plan, and we expect them to fail. The Clean Power Plan is based on a law passed by Congress, upheld by the Supreme Court, and demanded by the American people.

“The Clean Power Plan will help us move toward a new era of clean, affordable energy that protects the health of our communities, grows our economy, and signals to the rest of the world, ahead of international negotiations in Paris later this year, that the U.S. is serious about combating the climate crisis.”

GreenLaw applauds Brune and the Sierra Club’s position, and looks forward to standing with our environmental allies in defending such a crucial and progressive piece of legislation.

To read the Sierra Club's statement on their website and learn more about their Beyond Coal campaign, click here