Now that December is upon us, the deadline for passing a bill to fund the federal government is fast approaching. Congressional leaders have been meeting behind closed doors, and watchdog groups from many progressive organizations are continuing our push for a “no-riders” approach—a bill that is solely about funding the government, not about legislating controversial issues.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to disapprove the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a centerpiece of U.S. action on climate change and the first federal effort to rein in carbon pollution from its largest source, coal-fired power plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the 114th Congress ends its first month, another major public opinion poll revealed a strong and growing trend that an overwhelming majority of the American public supports government action to curb global warming.
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Polluter Protection Act (H.R. 3826). This bill stops the EPA from setting modest, sensible limits for climate change pollution and allows big polluters to continue to freely dump unlimited carbon pollution at the expense of public health.
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.