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Obama Administration Proposed Limits on Climate Pollution from Existing Coal Plants Carbon Safeguards a Win for Communities of Color, Low-income Americans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy advanced President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and announced proposed safeguards that would limit climate pollution from America’s existing power plants. Coal-fired power plants are the leading single source of climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions in America. But until now, there has been no limit on how much carbon pollution America’s outdated power plants can pump into the air.
Statement of Green For All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri
By proposing limits on carbon pollution from America’s coal plants through President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the president and EPA Administrator McCarthy have shown that they are absolutely serious about tackling climate change. These safeguards would represent a huge victory in the fight against global warming. Carbon limits would also be welcome news for poor Americans and communities of color, who are disproportionately exposed to power plant pollution, and who are most vulnerable to the storms, disasters, and severe weather that climate change brings. We applaud the president and the EPA for acting boldly to protect America’s families and neighborhoods.