Tell EPA to Adopt Strong Carbon Pollution Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a historic effort to rein in carbon pollution from new power plants. Now, a 60-day public comment period is open to express support for this critical first step at controlling the pollutant that is the leading cause of climate change. The EPA needs to hear from business leaders to understand that this rule will spur innovation in clean energy technology, create jobs, and produce cleaner air.
EPA’s recently proposed carbon pollution standard will not only limit dangerous industrial carbon pollution from new power plants, it will encourage a market based transition to a clean energy economy, boosting economic investment and creating jobs all across the country.
This standard will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt, meets that standard. For any new coal plant, there is a time frame for achieving the above emission standard that creates a realistic and achievable driver for the deployment of cost competitive carbon capture and storage. Without an emission standard for carbon this technology will otherwise remain cost prohibitive.
Thus it is welcome news, indeed, to see our nation moving forward with clean air standards to limit the harmful carbon pollution from new coal burning power plants as coal plants are the highest emitting source of air pollution in our country. The proposed emission standards for carbon pollution will unleash smart investments in cleaner, homegrown energy that will limit dangerous pollution and build a modern clean energy economy for the 21st century, allowing the U.S. to be a legitimate player in the $243 billion global clean energy market. Furthermore, strengthening a domestically produced clean energy supply can provide greater energy independence and security. Many of the jobs created by clean energy are domestic, and guaranteed to stay domestic as they involve construction, installation, operation and maintenance.
Business support is strong for the implementation of carbon and other clean air standards in the U.S. According to a national polling conducted by Small Business Majority, 76 percent of small business employers support the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, refineries and other major emitters. Businesses understand that market signals and regulatory certainty drive investment. Investing in cleaner technologies and more efficient resources can be a pathway to profit and prosperity, boosting economic growth and creating jobs while also providing competitive returns to investors.
The EPA needs to hear from business leaders to understand that this rule will spur innovation in clean energy technology, create jobs and produce cleaner air. Add your name to the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce’s letter to the EPA by clicking below.
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