Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, released the following statement on the full committee’s hearing to review the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan proposal.

"I was born in Beckley, West Virginia – a small town where coal mining drove the local economy. And I've spent my adult life in Delaware – the lowest lying state in the nation and the state most at-risk for sea level rise. So I have a unique perspective of the balance we must strike to make environmental regulations work for all Americans. It's through this lens that I examine proposals like the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. I know that for the people living in parts of the country where the negative effects of climate change are already being seen, this proposal to regulate our nation's largest sources of carbon pollution has been a long time coming. 

“Reducing power plant carbon pollution is a critical element in any meaningful strategy to mitigate climate change.  That's why I sponsored and supported legislation over the years to do just that. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to act on this issue. 

"Luckily, many of the states haven't waited on federal action.  Some, like Delaware, have already moved to reduce carbon emissions from their local power plants.  However, we know that the action of a few cannot solve this broader challenge. To successfully address climate change will require that all states must do their fair share to make an impact. That is why the proposal before us today is so important.  The Clean Power Plan attempts to unite states to work together to address our nation’s largest sources of carbon pollution. 

"As someone who has worked on similar legislation for more than a decade, getting consensus on this issue is no small achievement. That is why I applaud the agency's unprecedented outreach to stakeholders on this proposal. But as with any substantial regulatory action, there can always be improvements.  I look forward to today's hearing to discuss how the administration can make this regulation better.  I’m especially interested in finding ways we can improve this regulation so it is fair for all states – especially early acting states – and treats all clean energy equally. 

"Thank you Mr. Chairman for holding this hearing – I hope it will be a productive discussion."