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Rep. Scott Peters Welcomes Strong EPA Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement in support of the Clean Power Plan released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“The United States must lead the world in fighting for a cleaner energy future. Reducing emissions from power plants – by far the largest emitters of harmful pollutants in our country – is a significant action. I want to thank President Obama and EPA Secretary Gina McCarthy for their steadfast leadership both on this plan and a host of other changes to help fight the root causes of climate change.

“California is already leading the way in aggressive targets for climate action and reduced emissions, which is leading to improved air quality and human health benefits across our state. The EPA’s rule today not only rewards states for being ahead of the curve, but provides flexible pathways for other states to move toward a more sustainable energy portfolio. By working with states, localities, and energy utility companies, the EPA is encouraging investments in innovation through higher national standards and a long-term vision for sustainable energy production that doesn’t raise utility rates for consumers.

“Continued work to reduce emissions in other sectors is essential as we work to fight climate change and mitigate potential damage – including drought, wildfires, extreme weather, and sea level rise – but today’s rule is a positive step forward in our international leadership, particularly as we look toward the global climate talks in Paris later this year.”

This final rule follow’s the June 2013 proposed rule and a 120-day public comment period in which the EPA received more than 4 million comments – an agency record. The full rule can be read HERE.

Congressman Peters serves the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego. He serves as the Chair of the Climate Task Force for the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) and is an active member of the House Safe Climate Caucus. He is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Judiciary Committee. The Congressman is a former environmental attorney, City Council President, and Port Commission Chairman.