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The Administration is listening: EPA takes key step regulating carbon emissions from Power Plants
MIAMI (September 20, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a revised and common sense proposal to curb carbon pollution from new power plants. Carbon pollution causes climate change and 40 % of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere in the country is produced by power plants. This step to limit emissions from new power plants is essential to controlling this scourge.
Our country has suffered the consequences of uncontrolled carbon emissions and the climate impacts these have caused. From north to south, east to west, from floods to droughts, disaster after disaster, the lives and well-being of millions of Americans are at risk.
The threat persists, but President Obama's plan to fight climate change will help to turn the tide on climate change and start to move us toward a clean energy future. This step by EPA will help to mitigate the risk that hangs over human lives, public health, and property, and prevent billions of dollars in losses, emergency response and recovery and relief costs.
“In Florida, one of the states most vulnerable to climate change and one that contributes the least in terms of carbon emissions, we celebrate this great step by EPA, which, were it not for the big polluters blocking its path, would have occurred long ago, under the authority provided by the Clean Air Act.
“We will continue to work to preserve the Everglades as a huge carbon sink for the use and enjoyment of all Americans and the world. But until we limit carbon pollution from existing power plants as well, we will continue to exacerbate our risk and vulnerability.”