U.S. Sen. Cory Booker Statement on Obama Administration's Clean Energy Plan


Date: Aug. 3, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued the following statement after President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the final rule to curb carbon emissions from power plants:

"I commend President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for finalizing ambitious policies to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change. We're in a race against climate change and have no time to lose. We must be aggressive in reducing our carbon footprint -- the health of our environment and the quality of the air our children breathe are at stake. These rules will promote renewable energy alternatives and empower states to tailor individual plans for curbing emissions from power plants. I look forward to the long-term benefits this plan will bring to those who live and work in New Jersey."

Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels. By 2030, the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32 percent nationwide below 2005 levels.