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Add your Voice: Demand Limits on Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a revised proposal to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants. This is an important step in protecting American families from harmful, unregulated carbon pollution and protecting the future of the planet. The proposal was printed in the Federal Register on January 8, 2014; the deadline for submitting public comments has been extended to May 9, 2014.


Join the 3.2 million voices that have already urged the EPA to support a limit on carbon pollution!

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On June 25, 2013, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a national plan for tackling climate change that includes limiting carbon pollution from power plants. In a follow-up Presidential memorandum, President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop standards that would reduce carbon pollution from both new and existing power plants. Pollution from fossil fuel power plants, along with oil refineries, accounts for nearly 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. This directive would protect public health and spark innovation in clean technologies, spurring green jobs. EPA originally proposed draft standards to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants in March 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 new and existing power plants. On September 20, EPA released a new version of the proposed standards for new power plants that will require about the same level of carbon pollution reductions but sets separate standards for natural-gas fired turbines and coal-fired units. The President, in his June 25 memorandum, also directed the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon pollution for existing power plants; he instructed the EPA to release a draft proposal by June 1, 2014 and to finalize it by June 1, 2015, with the goal of implementing the standards by June 30, 2016.

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Fact Sheets

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  • Power Sector Opportunities for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions: COILNC, MI, OH, PA, WI, World Resources Institute Fact Sheet Series, 8.13
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: COMAMIMNMTNVNHNMNCOHPAVAWI, National Wildlife Federation Fact Sheets, 6.21.12
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For a compilation of USCAN members’ and allies’ reactions, analyses, and other selected responses to the President’s Climate Action Plan, please click here. Last Updated: 11.2013













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Speak Out in Support of Carbon Pollution Rules for New Power Plants, American Sustainable Business Council Action Alert
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