At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week released the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.
Eddie O’Connor, CEO of global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power, welcomes the announcement: “I applaud President Obama’s leadership on this issue. This unprecedented move from the US on carbon emissions comes at a very important time in the lead up to the global climate change negotiations in Paris next year – COP21. It is significant because it proposes cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants, something never done before in the US.
This is important because not only is President Obama formally recognizing that emissions from fossil fuel generation plant is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, but his plan proposes to do something meaningful about it. The aptly named Clean Power Plan proposes a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from the US power sector by 2030 relative to 2005 levels.
This plan makes a very clear case for the acceleration of global transition to renewable energy because wind and solar power produce zero carbon emissions and are a low risk, low marginal cost way to supply vast quantities of energy for domestic use as well as for export.”