600 state, local officials praise Obama’s action plan, regulatory push
“By committing to clean up power plants with a stakeholder process similar to that which was used for other Clean Air Act standards, you are once again demonstrating your commitment to commonsense solutions that takes the challenge of climate change seriously,” the officials wrote. “This move, combined with the strong efficiency and clean energy goals also outlined in your Climate Action Plan, is key to putting America on a path to a future powered by homegrown clean energy.”
The letter, signed by mayors, city council members and state representatives from 21 states, pointed to climate-driven effects that communities across the country are already experiencing. These effects make it imperative for the administration to act to reduce emissions and to help communities adapt, they said.
Julian Boggs of Environment America said the letter is intended to show local support for the administration’s work.
“There are a lot of people out there who support limits on carbon emissions, and we want to make sure those voices are heard,” Boggs said. The coming weeks will see a concerted push in support for the proposal, he said, which is the centerpiece of the administration’s second-term climate change agenda.