Says we cannot wait any longer to address nation’s significant carbon footprint
October 23, 2015 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced today its intention to mount a defense against the anticipated lawsuits to delay and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan and Carbon Pollution Standards. These standards, formally published today by the EPA, govern carbon pollution from new and existing fossil fuel-fired power plants. CLF, under representation from Clean Air Task Force, is prepared to fight against any attempts to avoid compliance and has already intervened to prevent premature efforts from opponents to delay the law before it became final.
“We are already feeling the severe impacts of climate change, and unless we take drastic and immediate action to address our nation’s significant carbon pollution, those impacts will only worsen with time,” said Bradley Campbell, President of Conservation Law Foundation. “The Clean Power Plan and Carbon Pollution Standards lay a clear path towards our clean energy future, and CLF stands poised to represent New England in fighting off the coal and gas lobbies and other special interests attempting to dismantle this vital law.”
The Clean Power Plan and Carbon Pollution Standards set the first national carbon emissions limits, which will cut carbon pollution from power plants by hundreds of millions of tons by 2030. The Clean Power Plan affords states broad flexibility to develop implementation mechanisms tailored to their specific circumstances, including interstate emissions trading programs. The law provides a three year window in which states can develop their implementation plans and sets an initial compliance date of 2022.
Campbell added, “Today, our thoughts are with the people of Mexico as they face the most brutal hurricane in recorded history. It’s time for the global community to come together and say ‘enough is enough,’ and the U.S. should be a shining example. The standards laid out today are an historic step towards real progress in combating climate change, and we are 100 percent committed to seeing the vision of the Clean Power Plan fully realized.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.