Saturday, September 16, 2017

Clean Air Act Digest, 6.28.13

Clean Air Act Digest



President Obama has announced a robust plan for tackling climate change and reducing dangerous carbon pollution. This marks a historic turning point. No longer will power plants be allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon into our atmosphere, threatening our health and environment.

The President’s speech on Tuesday builds on previous statements with a specific plan of action for federal agencies to use their authority under existing law to reduce dangerous carbon pollution.
Power plants are America’s biggest global warming polluters, and the centerpiece of today’s plan is a directive to EPA to finalize the standard for new plants and issue standards for the 1500 operating fossil fuel plants that are currently allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. The president also called for increasing the efficiency of trucks and appliances and cutting emissions of HFCs and methane, two pollutants that pound-for-pound trap even more heat than carbon dioxide, particularly in the short term.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the Clean Air Act covers carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and EPA determined in 2009 that these pollutants endanger public health and welfare. For more than 40 years the Clean Air Act has been used successfully to reduce emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, and mercury, with benefits for Americans’ health that far exceed the costs. Yet there are currently no national limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that power plants can pump into the air.

EPA is required to set power plant carbon dioxide pollution standards under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. NRDC has shown that smart standards could cut carbon pollution from America’s power plants by more than a quarter by 2020, slashing health, economic, and environmental damages by $26 to $60 billion per year by saving lives, preventing illnesses, and reducing climate change, for a cost of about $4 billion per year. And doing so would boost investments in new technologies and clean energy, putting Americans to work.


1) Thank President Obama for His Climate Action Plan

President Obama’s plan to take action on the climate crisis will cut climate-disrupting carbon emissions from power plants, scale up renewable energy on public lands, boost energy efficiency, and help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Show your support for the President’s Climate Action Plan and thank him for being a leader on this issue.

Mr. President: I Will Act on Climate With You. Thank You, Clean Water Action’s Action Alert

Pledge: “I Will Support President Obama’s Climate Plan”, The League of Conservation Voters Action Alert

Support a Bold Climate Plan, Sierra Club Action Alert

Thank President Obama for Leading on Global Warming, Environment America Action Alert

Thank President Obama for Climate Plan, Interfaith Power and Light Action Alert

2) Urge Your US Senators to Fight Against Power Plant Pollution

President Obama announced that his Administration would take executive action to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

Ask your Senators to support the President in cleaning up carbon pollution from power plants.

Ask Your Senators: Will You Fight Against Power Plant Pollution?, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Alert


Climate Change and President Obama’s Action Plan, The White House (shareable version)

The President’s Climate Action Plan (full PDF), Executive Office of the President, 6.13

VIDEO: President Obama Speaks on Climate Change (full speech), The White House, 6.25.13

Remarks by the President on Climate Change (full transcript), The White House, 6.25.13

Fact Sheet: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, The White House Press Release, 6.25.13

First Take: Looking at President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, World Resources Institute (WRI) Blog, 6.25.13

NRDC: Obama’s Climate Plan Takes Aim at Heart of the Threat, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Press Release, 6.25.13

Obama’s “Grand” Climate Plan: Reflections from a Policy Wonk, Friends of the Earth Blog, 6.25.13

This is What Climate Leadership Looks Like, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Blog, 6.25.13

Wide-Ranging Businesses Support President Obama’s Climate Plan, Ceres Press Release, 6.25.13

For more resources and reactions related to the President’s Climate Change Action Plan, visit USCAN’s Industrial Carbon Pollution Standards webpage.

Don’t forget USCAN has a series of pages that compile items like these and much more:

Congressional Attacks on the Clean Air Act

Industrial Carbon Pollution Standards

Standards for Power Plants and Other Major Emitters

Clean Vehicle Standards

Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at for more details. Click here for past issues.