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Governors of 13 states back Obama climate change plan to limit CO2


From the August 5, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published August 5, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
The governors of 13 states sent a July 31 letter to President Obama applauding the Climate Action Plan announced by the president early this summer. 

"We share your commitment to reduce the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, to better prepare our nation for increasing climate impacts, and to promote job creation and economic competitiveness in the growing global market for clean and more efficient energy technologies," the governors said. "While Congress has failed to take meaningful legislative action on this issue, we support the commonsense policies that you have proposed and pledge the support and active partnership of our states and territories as you develop and implement this plan."

The letter was signed by the governors of Vermont, Colorado, Washington, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The president announced on June 25 that he was directing the Environmental Protection Agency to work quickly to complete "carbon pollution" standards for both new and existing power plants. He also directed EPA to re-propose by Sept. 20 its proposed New Source Performance Standard to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, and to propose standards, regulations, or guidelines, as appropriate, by June 1, 2014, for existing, reconstructed and modified plants. The memo directs EPA to issue final rules or guidelines for existing plants by June 1, 2015. APPA supports several aspects of President Obama’s proposal, but has concerns about other aspects of his plan (See theJune 26 Public Power Daily).

"While too many still refuse to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific consensus of human-caused climate change, the devastating impacts of climate change in our states are all too real," the governors said in their July 31 letter. "Catastrophic storms, extreme droughts, uncontrollable wildfires, increasingly acidic coastal waters and other climate impacts have brought enormous economic and environmental costs," they wrote.

"While Congress has failed to enact the necessary legislation on this important issue, we support your decision to combat climate change using successful, existing federal authorities including reducing carbon pollution from power plants through the Clean Air Act, reducing energy waste through strengthened efficiency standards, and deploying more renewable energy on public lands and buildings."
 

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