Today, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to cut carbon emissions from current coal-fired power plants by 30% by 2030:
"We just can't afford to ignore the dangers of climate change and the consequences of our nation's dependency on dirty fossil fuels. It's time to invest in clean energy technologies to revitalize American manufacturing, create good-paying jobs, and protect our children's future. I applaud President Obama for moving forward on a national policy to protect our health and our environment, and I'm looking forward to closely reviewing today's proposal."
Recently, Esty's bill, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act, which would permit the town of Canton to generate locally produced power with two currently inactive hydropower dams, passed the U.S. Senate. Esty is also a coauthor of the Green Bank Bill to help finance critical alternative energy projects across the country. The legislation is modeled after Connecticut's "first in the nation" green bank, Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA).