Wilderness Society statement on EPA Rules for reducing carbon from coal plants

Sep 20, 2013

Today's announcement is an important step towards realizing the climate goals set forth in President Obama’s climate action plan.

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The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft regulation to limit carbon pollution from the nation's chief source of global warming emissions—coal-fired power plants.

The following statement on today’s EPA announcement is from Chase Huntley, Government Relations Director for the energy program at The Wilderness Society.

“This is exciting news for our shared wild places. Forests, prairies and other natural areas are on the front lines of climate change. These areas will feel some of the first effects of drier summers, warmer winters and extreme weather. Our public lands are also the places that can provide refuge and help insulate communities from some of the worst effects of climate change.

We welcome this important step towards realizing the climate goals set forth in President Obama’s climate action plan. The plan is clear – we have to be smarter about how we power our nation and how we manage our public lands. Bringing more clean, renewable, energy sources online will help wean our dependence from these same climate change-causing fossil fuels. By guiding development to places with the least amount of conflict, we can simultaneously protect our irreplaceable wild lands, the very places that will help us absorb the impacts of climate change.

Administrator McCarthy’s leadership in doing what Congress has been unwilling or unable to do – taking steps to reign in carbon emissions- will have a positive impact on our country and its land, air and water for generations to come.”

Chase Huntley
(202) 725-7305

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