Statements and Speeches
Hearing Statement: Examining State Perspectives of the EPA's proposed carbon dioxide emissions rule for existing power plants
Mar 11 2015
WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) a senior member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, released the following statement regarding the committee’s hearing on "Examining State Regulators' Perspectives on the Clean Power Plan."
"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.
"For those of us living in states already seeing impacts, the EPA's Clean Power Plan to regulate our nation's largest sources of carbon pollution is a much-needed lifeline in our fight against climate change. Reducing power plant carbon pollution is essential for any meaningful climate change mitigation strategy. That's why I have sponsored and supported legislation over the years to do just that. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to act on this issue.
"Fortunately, many states haven't waited for us to get our acts together. States, like Delaware, have already taken action to reduce local power plant carbon emissions. However, we know a few states cannot tackle this issue alone. We need all states to do their fair share to make an impact.
"I look forward to today’s hearing to discuss how the EPA's Clean Power Plan incentivizes states to reduce their carbon footprint and how the rule can be improved to ensure it is fair for all states – and especially states like Delaware that have acted before the federal government required them to reduce their power plant emissions."