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Sarbanes Statement on EPA Proposal to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
Congressman applauds new standards to address climate change and reduce carbon pollution by 2030BALTIMORE – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md) today released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft proposal to cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants by 30 percent by 2030:
“In the face of reckless Congressional inaction, the EPA’s proposal to reduce carbon pollution over the next 16 years is the strongest action to date on climate change. Despite an overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that climate change is a real danger, Republicans in Congress continue to block legislation to address the threat. We must work constructively to find solutions that are rooted in science and protect our environment for the next generation.”
The EPA released its Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the country. Under the proposal, carbon pollution would be cut by 30 percent from 2005 levels over the next 16 years.
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