On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets carbon pollution reduction targets for each U.S. state, and will cut carbon pollution from burning coal, the nation’s biggest source of the emissions that drive global warming. This is a giant leap forward in protecting the health and climate of our kids and future generations.
Since then, Fresh Energy and our partners have been meeting with editorial boards across Minnesota to encourage them to write in support of this historic climate policy. (Read the Star Tribune’s June 5 editorial and the Mankato Free Press’s June 6 editorial in support of Clean Power Plan.)
The plan is the long-awaited result of the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that carbon dioxide is a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act. Thanks to these first-ever limits, the nation will achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution from the power sector from 2005 levels by 2030. A critical added benefit is that these reductions will also cut smog and soot pollution by 25 percent, meaning children will suffer an estimated 150,000 fewer asthma attacks and an estimated 6,000 fewer Americans will die each year.
MINNESOTA: WELL POSITIONED TO BE A LEADER
Under the Clean Power Plan, each state will individually decide how it will cut carbon pollution. The EPA now begins a year of taking public comments and working with states and stakeholders to refine and improve the proposed standards before finalizing them in June 2015.
It’s our job to make the Clean Power Plan as strong as possible—for the nation, and for Minnesota. Fresh Energy’s has been involved in developing Minnesota’s plan since last June and will continue this work through June 2016. Expect regular updates on our website.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
You have an immediate opportunity to participate in the process of making sure the Clean Power Plan is finalized. Please join Fresh Energy in showing support for the Clean Power Plan and calling on Governor Dayton to make sure Minnesota develops a state plan that will maximize the amount of new efficiency and renewable energy development in our state.
Contact Fresh Energy if you’d like to schedule a presentation about the Clean Power Plan and its benefits for Minnesota’s families and economy. Please call J. Drake Hamilton at 651.726.7562 to schedule a talk for your business, civic organization, or congregation.
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