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Congress Comments on the EPA Power Plant Standards

04 Jun 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

Following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released federal limits on carbon pollution for existing power plants, and many of our top allies in Congress how important these standards are to combat climate change and protect public health. Here is a list of some of their statements, Facebook posts and tweets. 

Sen. Mark Udall (CO): "Climate change is threatening Colorado's special way of life. Coloradans have seen firsthand the harmful effects of climate change, including severe drought, record wildfires and reduced snowpack. "Coloradans also have led the nation over the past decade in confronting this challenge and showing how we can reduce carbon emissions, protect our land, water and air, and strengthen our economy. The EPA's draft rule is a good start, and I will fight to ensure it complements the work we have already done in Colorado and provides states the flexibility they need to make it successful."

Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13):

Sen. Tim Kaine (VA): “Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants.  Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.   

Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-8):

Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-6):“I am pleased that the Administration today took a big step forward in turning the tide of dangerous climate change by placing sensible limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.  California has already taken bold steps to combat climate change, and it is past time for our nation as a whole to tackle climate change.”

Sen. Tom Harkin (IA):

Sen. John Tester (MT): "Agriculture and outdoor recreation power Montana's economy. From floods to fires to beetle-killed trees, we know the consequences of the changing climate. State-based solutions that limit the effects of climate change will keep these industries and our economy strong. This responsible proposal gives states flexibility to balance the needs of today with the demands of tomorrow. I will make sure it works for Montanans."

Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52):

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (WV): “The EPA announced today a major step in reducing carbon emissions, and I support its goal of safeguarding the public’s health. Strengthening West Virginians’ health and well being has always been at the heart of my career in public service.”

Sen. Brian Schatz (HI):

Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2): “The dangerous and costly effects of climate change are already upon us. Over the past few years Colorado has experienced record heat, drought, historic flooding, and destructive wildfires.  If we want to slow the impact of climate change, we must start curbing carbon pollution now.

Colorado is leading the nation’s transition to a clean-energy future by passing a strong renewable energy portfolio standard that has, and will continue to significantly cut our state’s carbon pollution. Since the House Majority leadership won’t act, I applaud the administration and the EPA for taking action and proposing robust carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.”

Rep. Henry Waxman (CA-33): 

Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM): “The EPA deserves credit for showing the leadership to actively take on climate change rather than embracing the pseudo-science and denial that is embraced by far too many in Washington today.  This nation has never solved a single problem by denying the facts.”

Sen. Ed Markey (MA):

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI): “It's long past time for there to be some limit to the carbon pollution that power plants spew into our skies. It's real and it's serious, but with Republicans in Congress still refusing to take the climate threat seriously, EPA standards are the best we can do to end the polluters’ long holiday from responsibility. I applaud the Obama Administration for moving forward to clean up the worst carbon polluters in this country.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12):

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23):

“I applaud the Obama Administration’s announcement today of its Clean Power Plan which will help reduce our national carbon footprint and mitigate the worst effects of climate change.  Today’s plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will create a flexible federal-state plan to curb carbon emission from existing power plants by 30%, which nationally represents the largest single source of emissions.”  

Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5):

Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA): "The President's proposal is a win-win-win for the American people, as it will protect our health, saving thousands of lives, create thousands of jobs, and America will finally lead on a path to averting the most calamitous impacts of climate change -- such as sea level rise, dangerous heat waves, and economic disruption. Thank goodness the President refuses to be bullied by those who have their heads in the sand, and whose obstruction is leading us off the climate change cliff. The President's proposal is respectful of the states' roles and allows major flexibility, while ensuring that big polluters reduce their dangerous contributions to climate change. The people of California and the people of America deserve to be protected and the President should be lauded for moving forward."

Rep. Jim Moran (VA-8):"The EPA’s proposal today is a game changing decision that reflects President Obama’s commitment to act on climate change.  This is a problem that won’t go away unless we take decisive action to reduce the carbon emissions that are driving climate change. But this isn’t just about the threat it poses in the future.   This is a present day threat to our national security, our economy, our health and well-being.  Climate change is already affecting communities across the country.  We can’t continue ignoring its effects, whether it’s sick children or dangerous extreme weather events.”

Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC): 

Sen. Harry Reid: “The EPA’s proposed plan is a crucial step towards improving the efficiency of our nations power grid, investing in clean energy and reducing pollution. The proposal grants states flexibility while making important progress on avoiding the terrible costs of carbon pollution on our nation’s economy, the health of our citizens, and the sustainability of our planet.”



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