Federal Climate and Energy Policy

The Council advocates for passage of comprehensive federal climate and energy legislation that will address America's contribution to global climate change. Meaningful climate and energy legislation must achieve several fundamental goals: invest in the development and deployment of clean energy sources, like wind, solar and geothermal energy; make major greenhouse gas emitters pay while protecting the impact on consumers during the transition to a green economy; and protect vulnerable eco-systems and communities that are the most susceptible to the devastating impacts of climate change. Furthermore, the Council supports the preservation of greenhouse gas reduction programs that many states have already implemented, such as RGGI - the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The Council's federal climate and energy policy campaign also seeks to protect the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Supreme Court-mandated authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

The Council will continue working with members of U.S. Congress from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation that would ensure the aforementioned goals. A top Council priority will be to ensure that Congress does nothing to hinder EPA’s regulations to reduce greenhouse gases.

Limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants have been positioned as the centerpieces of President Obama's plan to combat climate change in his second term. Last summer carbon dioxide concentrations  reached an unprecedented 400 parts per million compared to 280 ppm in 1880. The evidence is clear. Since 1880 sea level has risen an average of 8 inches, global temperature has gone up 1.7 degress Fahrenheit, and precipitation has gone up 10%. 

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has been doing a lot of great work lately supporting tolerance, healthcare, transportation as well as food and heating assistance.

The following attachment includes the comments of the Clean Air Council on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)'s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Sources of Carbon Pollution. A portion of these comments will be delivered at U.S. EPA's Public Listening Session, November 8, 2013.

On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (PA-18) convened a hearing on the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory actions on jobs and local communities particularly reliant upon coal. Rep.