King on Administration’s Carbon Proposal: “Significant Step Forward in Fight to Protect the Environment”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in response to the Administration’s forthcoming proposed carbon rules, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Climate Action Task Force, released the following statement:

“These proposed rules are a significant step forward in protecting public health, combating climate change, and creating jobs in clean energy. This is an important investment in our children's future which will pay big dividends for years to come. I especially like that the EPA is not prescribing a one-size-fits-all solution but is leaving to the states and industry to define the means of achieving the goals established in the new rules,” Senator King said. “Maine has been on the cutting edge of technologies that generate clean energy and reduce emissions. As a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, we know first-hand that carbon reduction plans can result in cleaner technologies, cleaner air, and meaningful efficiency upgrades for peoples’ homes. I am proud that Maine plays such a significant role in protecting our environment.”

This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue proposed rules for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants pursuant to Congressionally-given authority under the Clean Air Act, as upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

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