The Nature Conservancy’s Statement Regarding the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
Washington, DC | October 10, 2017
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon emissions from electric power plants--one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollutants in the United States. Reducing these emissions is critical to addressing the risks that climate change poses to communities, livelihoods and natural systems across the United States and around the world. The EPA has made no determination as to whether it will replace the Clean Power Plan.
The Nature Conservancy supports the goals that the United States committed to in the Paris Agreement, and believes that significant carbon emissions reductions are necessary to protect our climate, increase resilience and security, and promote economic growth. We are concerned that the ambition for cleaner air and cleaner power generation may be undermined by the elimination of an important vehicle for propelling emissions reductions. Maintaining U.S. leadership on climate is good for jobs, economic growth and competitiveness. Hundreds of corporations, along with State and local governments, increasingly recognize these benefits and continue to support and invest in a clean energy future.
A low-carbon future is better for human health and the environment, and given the increasing climate impacts changing our planet, there are more risks and costs in postponing rather than in acting now. We urge the Administration to take reduction of greenhouse gas emissions seriously and act promptly to promote flexible, immediate, and effective measures to do so.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.