Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which proposes the first-ever carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. The proposed regulations call on power plants to cut carbon emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The statement reads as follows:
“I applaud President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for taking this important, common sense approach to reducing carbon pollution nationwide, mitigating harmful greenhouse gas emissions and, ultimately, moving toward a cleaner environment.
“The proposal presents states and utilities with flexible compliance options, which will allow states to create a plan that works best for them. It is my hope that Pennsylvania will develop a strong, tailored approach to meet the new standards by utilizing energy efficiency and clean energy technologies.
“In Philadelphia, we work to integrate sustainability principles into the work of City government and are actively advancing climate change adaptation efforts to enhance our resiliency to the changing climate. Through our Greenworks plan, we are taking the lead at the local level to demonstrate that healthy environments go hand-in-hand with thriving communities and economies.
“Over the past five years, Philadelphia has broken records tied to heat, cold, rain and snow. And, the effects of this extreme weather has taken a toll on our infrastructure and negatively impacted public safety, public health and the City’s budget. This year alone, our Streets Department will have spent an additional $6.3 million in work fighting winter storms and repairing winter street damage.
“While cities are on the frontline responding to weather events and adapting to climate change, we need Federal action. The leadership displayed by President Obama in establishing consistent standards and goals is absolutely essential to addressing climate change and carbon pollution. Once again, I want to thank the President and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for protecting the health of the public and the environment.”