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Pace Energy & Climate Center executive director director on EPA regulating power plant greenhouse gas emissions 0

Pace Energy & Climate Center executive director director on EPA regulating power plant greenhouse gas emissions

Franz Litz, executive director of Pace Law School’s Energy & Climate Center, is available to speak to the media about the Environmental Protection Agency setting greenhouse gas regulations for power plants and refineries. It is expected that EPA will release a new schedule for issuing regulations on Friday, after it missed two previous deadlines in July and September.

“This is EPA’s first real attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from sources other than cars and trucks. This regulation is well overdue. There is a lot at stake for states like those in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that have already stepped up to reduce emissions from power plants. Now, EPA must follow through to ensure other states do their part. As we enter an election year, EPA should not bow to political pressure.”

Pace Environmental Litigation Center supervising attorney available to speak about Republican presidential candidates’ calls to shutter the EPA 0

Pace Environmental Litigation Center supervising attorney available to speak about Republican presidential candidates’ calls to shutter the EPA

In recent weeks, several Republican presidential candidates have voiced their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency, which they view as a symbol of “job killing” regulation. Cries from candidates like Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich to shut down the EPA ignore the critical role the agency plays in protecting human health and the environment. Daniel Estrin, supervising attorney at Pace Law School’s Environmental Litigation Clinic and an adjunct professor at the law school, is available to speak to the media about the implications of closing down the EPA.

“Without minimum standards set by the federal government to protect human health and the environment, states engage in a ‘race to the bottom’ to try to attract or keep industry. History shows how easily polluting industries can ‘capture’ the agencies that are supposed to regulate them and influence the actions of state politicians by holding over them the jobs they create, the taxes they pay, and the campaign money they donate. The need for federal regulation and enforcement is a concern now more than ever as state budgets are slashed…”

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