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Urge Your Governor to Act on Climate

 The Clean Power Plan provides the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants, and aims to reduce emissions to 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan has the potential to develop a clean energy economy, create new jobs and reduce health risks from carbon pollution.

Under the Clean Power Plan, each state received different emissions reduction targets and were tasked with creating an implementation plan to reach those targets. Currently, the Clean Power Plan is being challenged by 28 states in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Court heard oral arguments in September 2016 and we are still waiting on a decision. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a review and rewrite of the Clean Power Plan. A coalition of 17 states and environmental groups filed a legal motion asking the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia not to pause ongoing court proceedings. Despite the uncertainty of the future of the Clean Power Plan,  we must work to ensure that despite legal challenges, states continue to create plans to reduce emissions from power plants.

Urge your Governor to create an implementation plan that cuts carbon pollution from power plants in a just and sustainable way. 



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  •  Background

    As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new carbon pollution standards for power plants under the Clean Air Act. After the final rule for the Clean Power Plan was issued in August 2015, states were tasked with creating implementation plans. In response to legal challenges, the Supreme Court decided to stay the rule, meaning that states do not have to work on their implementation plans to reduce emissions until after the D.C. court decisions. The court heard oral arguments on the case in September 2016 and we are still awaiting a decision.

    On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a review and rewrite of the Clean Power Plan. A coalition of 17 states and environmental groups filed a legal motion asking the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia not to pause ongoing court proceedings.

    In the mean time, nineteen states are continuing to create and implement plans to reduce emissions and comply with the rule, eight states are assessing how they will respond to the Supreme Court’s stay, twenty states have suspended all work on the developing a compliance plan and three states are exempt from the rule. Click here to find where your state stands on compliance planning for the Clean Power Plan.

     
    Jewish Values

    Jewish tradition teaches, “Do not destroy my world, for if you do, there will be nobody after you to make it right again” (Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:13). Not only will our actions impact future generations, and ensure that they have the same access to environmental resources as we do, but they impact our daily lives. The Reform Movement has long advocated for policies to reduce our impact on climate change, including the Clean Power Plan.

     
    More Information

    For more information on the Clean Power Plan, visit rac.org/environment or contact Legislative Assistant Lizzie Stein at (202) 387-2800