Sierra Club and GreenLaw Applaud Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Carbon pollution causes climate disruption and is already costing American communities billions of dollars from flooding, super-storms, wildfires and extreme heat.

 

 

Monday, June 2, 2014
Contact: 
Seth Gunning, Sierra Club, seth.gunning@sierraclub.org, (404) 434-9745
Ashten Bailey, GreenLaw, abailey@greenlaw.org, (678) 948-6494

 

Sierra Club and GreenLaw Applaud Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution

ATLANTA, GA -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal for the first-ever national protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Carbon pollution causes climate disruption and is already costing American communities billions of dollars from flooding, super-storms, wildfires and extreme heat.

This new standard, which is a key part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, will clean up the industries that create the lion’s share of carbon pollution in our country. The new protections will help reduce other life-threatening air pollution including mercury, soot, and smog. These protections will ensure that our children and communities as well as Georgia’s workforce can thrive.

“Today, we applaud President Obama and the EPA for their move to clean up our air, improve the health of our children, and curb the worst effects of climate disruption. Extreme weather caused by climate disruption has already cost Georgia’s families, businesses, and farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue,” said Seth Gunning, organizing representative with the Sierra Club in Georgia.

Over the past two years, Georgia Power has started the transition away from increasingly expensive carbon polluting power plants by announcing the retirement of roughly one-quarter of its coal and oil-fired power plants and the addition of 1,000MW of affordable solar and wind energy projects, enough to power more than 150,000 homes, which are expected to help drive down the cost of electricity for Georgia Power customers. Georgia’s solar and wind industries already employ 3,000 workers and will continue to grow.

“The new safeguards not only protect our health and communities, but they will also spur innovation and strengthen our economy. By moving to 100 percent clean affordable energy sources, we’ll create tens of thousands of Georgia jobs and billions of dollars in new investment,” said Ashten Bailey, attorney with GreenLaw. “Cutting pollution that harms our communities will also save billions of dollars in health costs, disaster cleanup, and disaster recovery costs.”

According to April 2014 polling data from Yale university, two-thirds of American adults support the “strict carbon emissions limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce climate change and improve public health” even if “the cost of electricity to consumers and companies would likely increase.”

 

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