The Clean Power Plan is built on a strong legal foundation. It is consistent with the law, court precedents, and other EPA programs. On three separate occasions, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld EPA’s authority and responsibility under the Clean Air Act to protect human health and welfare by limiting carbon pollution.
The plan sets achievable limits on carbon pollution based on proven, cost-effective approaches that the power sector has been using for years to reduce harmful air pollution. It also provides states and power companies with extraordinary flexibility in deciding how to meet these targets in ways that are sensitive to local considerations. As Clean Air Act experts have noted, EPA’s flexible, cost-effective approach has close parallels in multiple policies from past administrations of both parties.
Major businesses, members of Congress, public health organizations, faith leaders, power companies, attorneys general, environmental organizations, and mayors filed court briefs in support of these lifesaving standards, reflecting the broad support among Americans for the Clean Power Plan.
Polluters and their political allies have tried to create a thick cloud of doubt with doom and gloom predictions about the impacts of the Clean Power Plan – the same ones they’ve made about nearly every other life-saving effort to reduce dangerous pollution. These “sky is falling claims” are baseless. As with many other vital clean air programs were before it, with the Clean Power Plan we can protect our communities while enjoying vibrant economic growth and reliable, affordable electricity.·