Climate policy question #1 is simple: Will we put responsible limits on the largest sources of climate pollution? Today, the Environmental Protection Agency stepped up to answer that question by proposing new rules limiting carbon pollution from power plants.
This is the centerpiece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. It signals, at long last, the beginning of the end of the era of free and unlimited carbon dumping in the United States.
The proposed new rules are flexible; instead of pouring money into continued reliance on obsolete coal plants, we can accelerate investment in energy efficiency and clean energy. We can take our energy dollars (and our power) back from coal and spend them on better buildings, cleaner energy, healthier economies with good local jobs….on a future that works.
And where did the EPA get THAT idea? From you!
The successful work we’ve been doing together to build a clean energy future in the Northwest and phase out fossil fuels demonstrates the feasibility of these new rules.
We are the proof point that allows the EPA to determine that achieving these new pollution limits is practical and affordable!
I don’t have to tell you – these rules are by no means enough. Our national leaders have been too slow and too timid in responding the climate crisis, and far too willing to defer to the power of fossil fuel interests. To deliver real climate solutions – at the scale of the problem – we’ll have to keep picking up the pace from here forward.
But a big step is a big step, especially when it signals the first time the federal government has really stood up to the fossil fuel industries and said “enough is enough.”
So don’t let up in the fight for climate solutions! But don’t fail to appreciate that today’s a very good day in that fight, a day when the United States of America showed up.