On Monday, August 3, President Obama is announcing the finalization of America’s Clean Power Plan, the biggest step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change. This plan sets the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, while providing states and utilities with the flexibility they need to meet those standards.
Watch the President’s remarks:
Here’s why this matters:
Existing power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the United States.
The CPP adds carbon pollution to a list of emissions targeted for reduction, which already includes harmful pollutants like arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and soot.
870 million metric tons
Carbon pollution cut by the Clean Power Plan
The economic benefits of the CPP far outweigh the costs.
Estimated cost of the Clean Power Plan
Estimated worth of the public health and climate benefits of the Clean Power Plan
Approximate annual energy bill savings per household
Consumer savings from 2020-2030
The CPP invests more in renewable energy that ever before, creating tens of thousands of American jobs along the way.
Increase in renewable energy generation by 2030
Energy capacity from renewable sources by 2030
Cutting carbon emissions from power plants also has some major public health benefits.
Fewer premature deaths
Fewer asthma attacks in children
Fewer heart attacks
Fewer hospital admissions
Fewer missed school and work days
The CPP even sets new reduction targets for the pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick.
Reduction in sulfur dioxide
Reduction in nitrogen dioxide
The importance of reducing carbon emissions is already apparent to many state governments who have taken action on their own. Under the CPP, states will have the flexibility to continue creating their own unique programs to meet their Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Rate targets.
Number of state with utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs
Number of states with renewable portfolio standards or goals
Number of states with market-based greenhouse gas emissions programs
Number of states with energy efficiency standards or goals
The Clean Power Plan is a landmark action to protect public health, reduce energy bills for households and businesses, create American jobs, and bring clean power to communities across the country.
Find out how the Clean Power Plan will impact your state: