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Climate Action Plan
President Obama backed up his 2013 inaugural promise to “preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God” when he unveiled his historic Climate Action Plan on June 25, 2013. His plan highlighted the need for carbon pollution standards, energy efficiency, and a transition to clean energy, all pillars of Interfaith Power and Light’s core mission.
Fossil-fuel burning power plants currently emit more than two billion tons of carbon pollution and other toxic pollutants into the air each year. This pollution fuels global warming and increases the number of unhealthy air days, resulting in more respiratory ailments, heart attacks, heat-related deaths, and other harmful health effects.
Despite being the nation’s single largest source of climate change-causing air pollution, there are currently no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that can be released from power plant smokestacks and this air pollution results in higher average temperatures, extreme weather, and serious impacts on human health and the environment.
The EPA originally proposed draft standards to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants in 2012, and supporters of climate action submitted a record-breaking number of comments—more than 3.2 million—in support of limiting carbon pollution from power plants.
In 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30% by 2030. Again, the EPA received millions of comments in support of the proposal.
Interfaith Power & Light urges members of the U.S. Congress to stand with us to support these EPA actions. As stewards of Creation, we must do better if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Our children deserve a stable climate and a sustainable future. We believe that a swift and equitable transition to clean energy is a moral imperative, and cleaning up our nation’s power plants is a critical first step.
Clean Power Plan Explained