Statement on President Obama’s announcement of a new Carbon Pollution Standard for new power plants


September 20, 2013

Statement from former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm on President Obama’s Announcement of a new Carbon Pollution Standard for new power plants:

The EPA’s announcement today of a new carbon pollution standards is an important step for the future of our nation and our planet. The unlimited amount of carbon pollution power plants have pumped into the air is endangering the public’s health, warming the planet and increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events—from the drought the Midwest has experienced the last couple of years to Superstorm Sandy. In my home state of Michigan, drought conditions have impacted the agriculture industry greatly and, additionally; we’re seeing abnormally low lake levels, which are impacting shipping related commerce particularly for agricultural commodities.

Not only do we have an obligation to future generations to address the causes of climate change if we are to avoid its worst impacts, but I always like to point out that curbing climate change, and the industrial carbon pollution that causes it, actually presents our nation with so many long-term opportunities. We shouldn’t buy the rhetoric we often hear from clean air and clean energy opponents. It’s pretty simple. Using less dirty energy and transitioning to cleaner sources of energy jump-starts our economy.

The threats of climate change are real and all around us. The President’s plan is the bold step forward we need to protect public health from the impacts of climate change and spur growth by fostering innovation in cleaner energy technologies like wind and solar.

I applaud the President for his commonsense public health safeguard limiting carbon pollution from future power plants, but it will take action at all levels of government to truly protect our children and future generations from the effects of climate change.