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October 19, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking steps to limit carbon pollution from power plants—the largest source of carbon emissions in the United States today. These historic standards will protect our health and our environment by reducing the emissions that cause global warming.

The EPA needs to hear from people like you that you want them to finalize strong carbon pollution standards today.Send your comments to the EPA now!

In late September, the EPA reissued carbon pollution standards for new power plants under the Clean Air Act. These revised carbon standards would ensure that new coal plants capture their carbon pollution—acting as a backstop against growing emissions. By June 2014, the EPA is also due to propose guidelines for a carbon standard for existingpower plants. After the standards are finalized, states will then have the opportunity to propose and implement their own plans to meet the new guidelines.

These standards are the most significant step the Obama Administration can take right now to address climate change—and it’s critical that they get it right. The EPA must design a strong and flexible standard for existing power plants that will allow renewable energy, like wind and solar, and energy efficiency to play a significant role in achieving deep carbon emissions reductions at an affordable cost. And it is critical that we don’t shift from a coal- to a natural gas-dominated electricity system. A recent UCS analysis found that a long-term overreliance on natural gas will not achieve the emissions reductions needed to address global warming.

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