Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to cut carbon emissions across the United States:
"I am encouraged that the Obama Administration and the EPA have taken these critical steps toward combating global warming and climate change. The debate on this issue is over, 97% of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends are due to human activities. It is now our responsibility to address these issues so that we do not saddle our children with an environment that is irreversibly damaged.
"This proposal would call for a 30% reduction of U.S. power plants' carbon pollution from 2005 levels by 2030. This is a reasonable goal. This proposed rule does not require specific actions from individual power plants, but rather is allowing a comprehensive approach that states can tailor to their economies depending on where they get a majority of their electricity. Not only are these regulations beneficial to the environment, estimates also show that they will result in $55 to $95 billion economic benefits over the proposal's lifetime.
"The high levels of pollution we see today directly affect the health of millions of Americans; estimates show that this proposal will prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 asthma attacks. There is no reason not to act now and work to prevent these harmful public health conditions from occurring."