Representative Jim Moran

Representing the 8th District of Virginia
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Moran Applauds EPA Proposal to Cut Carbon

Jun 2, 2014
Press Release

Washington D.C. -- Representative Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to cut carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.

“The EPA’s proposal today is a game changing decision that reflects President Obama’s commitment to act on climate change.  This is a problem that won’t go away unless we take decisive action to reduce the carbon emissions that are driving climate change,” said Rep. Moran.  “But this isn’t just about the threat it poses in the future.   This is a present day threat to our national security, our economy, our health and well-being.  Climate change is already affecting communities across the country.  We can’t continue ignoring its effects, whether it’s sick children or dangerous extreme weather events.”

“Gina McCarthy’s proposal gives states incredible flexibility to reduce carbon emissions.  I hope that communities that have borne the brunt of harmful emissions from unregulated and outdated coal-fired power plants will be the primary beneficiaries, the way Alexandrians benefitted from the closure of the Potomac River Generating Station, once the region’s single largest source of air pollution. Power plants are responsible for nearly 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the U.S.  It’s time for the utility industry adapt for our future,” Moran concluded.

The Clean Power Plan relies heavily on the existing state-federal Clean Air Act partnership which enables states to develop their own path to reduce carbon emissions.  States will have the flexibility to cut emissions at current sources, reduce demand through efficiency improvements and encourage production of cleaner sources of electricity or some combination of all three based on what makes the most sense for each state’s unique situation. States can even work collectively with other states to develop multi-state carbon reduction plans.