Earthjustice attorneys have spent the past six weeks in Columbus, Ohio, litigating against proposals by two major utilities to force customers to prop up eight outdated power plants—seven coal and one nuclear—for the next 15 to 35 years. Proposals by FirstEnergy and American Electric Power (AEP) could cost customers billions of dollars while guaranteeing profits for corporate shareholders who should instead be investing in clean energy resources.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently held hearings in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's existing power plants. Hundreds of Americans from all walks of life showed up at each hearing to express their support for the EPA’s safeguards.
Here are remarks from the Pittsburgh hearing delivered by Earthjustice attorney Shannon Fisk.
This piece was originally published in EarthShare’s blog, one of Earthjustice’s partner groups working toward connecting people and workplaces with effective ways to support critical environmental causes. This featured Q&A reveals the answers about our reliance on coal.