Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a proposal that aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants across the country.

Currently, there are no federal limits on power plants emitting carbon pollution into the atmosphere, a key driver of climate change. The plan released today directs states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent less than 2005 levels by 2030.

Each state will be required to develop its own individual plan, allowing each state to put in place policies that work for that particular state. The EPA has also suggested a variety of methods in which states can achieve these goals, whether through existing electricity production methods or other new programs that fit the specific needs of the states.

Feinstein released the following statement:

“The devastating effects of climate change are real and they are happening today—and the causes are largely the result of human activity. Simply put, we are fundamentally altering the earth, and without urgent action we face catastrophe.

“I strongly support the president’s decision to confront greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. These power plants account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. emissions and need to be regulated.

“The EPA proposal offers an opportunity to address climate change while at the same time improving our electricity system. As states consider how to meet these goals, I encourage them to look at California’s cap-and-trade program.

“We need every tool at our disposal to solve the problem of climate change, and today’s action is a big step toward reaching that goal.”

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