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.