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A coal fired power plant in Nevada

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., recently joined with other longtime climate deniers to introduce a bill that would derail the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The plan when finalized this summer would set the first-ever federal limits on the biggest source of carbon pollution: existing power plants.

A storm rolls over a Texas wind farm.

After 100 days of a Senate led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it is hard to ignore the evidence that corporate interests are trumping public health and welfare when it comes to addressing climate change.  Chances are you didn’t vote for this corporate takeover, but that’s exactly what you’re getting.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at a news conference to unveil domestic energy and jobs legislation in 2012.

The EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan is a turning point for our nation in tackling climate change. Its goal? Cut climate-altering carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The plan gives states the flexibility to achieve pollution cuts in a variety of ways by switching to less carbon-intensive sources, using more renewable energy like wind and solar and improving energy efficiency.

Wind turbines

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is already on trial just two months into the new Congress.  The first hearing regarding the draft plan was in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee with Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe. Throughout the meeting McCabe dodged heated questions from the Republican leadership in regard to the climate safeguards the agency has proposed.  Of course, what would one expect given that long-time climate science denier, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), is now the committee chair.

In a May 2013 meeting at the EPA's headquarters, Clean Air Ambassadors shared their concerns for clean air.

At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's listening session regarding carbon pollution controls from existing power plants, I put myself in EPA’s shoes and did some real listening. It turns out the list of what may be lost and what must be protected by such a rule is not as short as we sometimes make it in the name of expediency.

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