The EPA Needs a More Aggressive Clean Power Plan
The environmental, social, economic, and public health threats of climate disruption — both in the United States and around the world — require strong action and leadership from the United States. That’s why EJC joined 125 organizations to urge our President to push for more aggressive action to reduce carbon pollution. While we support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, we know that far more aggressive action is needed to avert catastrophic climate change. For example:
- Emissions targets are not consistent with what climate science demands.
- The plan promotes natural gas as an alternative to coal, which would continue our reliance on fossil fuels for decades and incentivizes more investment in dirty energy infrastructure, rather than energy efficiency and renewables such as wind and solar.
Also, the inclusion of nuclear power, “waste-to- energy’, carbon capture and sequestration, biomass incineration and other dirty fuels in the EPA’s proposed plan fails to acknowledge adverse environmental and public health impacts, and there are no provisions to ensure that low-income consumers have access to clean, affordable, reliable electricity.
Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time and programs to avert catastrophic climate change must be proportionate with that challenge and ensure all Americans have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy and clean air.