WASHINGTON, DC - Gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet much more of the nation’s electricity needs, according to the Clean Power Plan unveiled today that is central to President Obama’s plan to address climate change. Margie Alt, Executive Director of Environment America and co-chair of the Climate Action Campaign, issued the following statement:
"Today is a great day for clean energy and a great day for climate action. It's a great day for America, and our chance to lead to the world toward a strong agreement cut global warming pollution.
"The Clean Power Plan is the single biggest action our country has ever taken on climate, because it tackles the single biggest source of our global warming pollution: dirty power plants. The Clean Power Plan also represents a huge step toward a clean energy future, because it dramatically ramps up wind and solar power.
"Today’s action is thanks to bold leadership from the president and his administration, groundbreaking policies in the states to cut carbon pollution, and millions of Americans who called for climate solutions.
"Environment America is proud of the role we’ve played to galvanize public support for today’s historic plan. With continued commitment from President Obama and state leaders, and strong backing from the American people, today will mark a giant shift toward the 100 percent clean energy reality that the climate crisis demands and future generations deserve."