FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2017
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on EPA Proposal to Repeal the Clean Power Plan
Washington, DC – The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement today from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson:
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy has long supported market-based actions at the federal level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through the utilization of a diverse portfolio of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy resources and technologies, the United States has shown that it can cost-effectively reduce emissions, while maintaining system reliability and creating jobs.
“The decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to release a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan runs against current trends. As of the end of 2016, the US was 75 percent towards meeting the Clean Power Plan’s emission reduction targets due to the increased use of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy – making EPA’s action counter-productive.
“As the 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook details, the US economy has increased its energy productivity by 10 percent since 2011, reducing its energy consumption per unit of GDP with energy efficiency improvements. At the same time, it has made significant reductions in harmful emissions that contribute to air pollution and climate change. This decoupling of energy use and economic growth is significant, and it has occurred while household and business energy costs remain low. The data shows that the country can protect the environment, transition to cleaner energy resources, while maintaining low energy costs, creating jobs and growing the economy.
“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy has twenty-five years of experience working to provide business expertise to the Environmental Protection Agency as it considers critical air quality and climate change programs. The Council will actively engage in the proposed rulemaking on the Clean Power Plan and other actions that follow.”
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