In last week’s commentary on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Pace Energy & Climate Center Executive Director, Franz Litz, discussed the slow progression of climate change legislation.
Existing coal and natural gas power plants account for approximately 34% of greenhouse gases emitted every year. In an attempt to reduce these emissions, the EPA issued the first draft of a regulation designed to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. While the regulation does not affect existing power plants, it sets the legal framework for additional legislation.
As Litz concluded, “this action makes sense and is long overdue. But hope for real action on power plants—action that tackles existing plants—will depend on Obama’s reelection. It may not be a big hope like our hopes from 2008, but this one is at least more easily realized.”