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Margie Alt,
Environment America

Tough carbon pollution limits huge step on climate & clean energy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. --  Gas and coal power plants will pollute 32 percent less and clean energy sources such as wind and solar will meet more of the nation’s electricity needs, according to new carbon pollution limits that are central to President Obama’s plan to address climate change. The final Clean Power Plan, scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow, is expected to be stronger than the original, which required a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Margie Alt, Executive Director of Environment America and co-chair of the Climate Action Campaign, issued the following statement:

“The Clean Power Plan is poised to be the single biggest action the U.S. has ever taken on climate. We’re thrilled to hear the final version will do even more to cut global warming pollution than the draft. Cracking down on coal and gas while ramping up wind, solar, and other clean energy sources will protect our families' health today and ensure a safer climate for the future. 

“This historic plan is possible thanks to bold leadership from President Obama and the millions of Americans who called for strong climate action. With continued commitment from the Obama administration and backing of the American people, the U.S. can help steer the world’s leaders to stave off the worst of the climate crisis."