Though the Environmental Protection Agency won’t release draft regulations to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants until next summer, states have already begun to weigh in on the rule-making.
Representatives from 15 states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, and Rhode Island, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday asking for flexibility in implementing the upcoming rules.
The letter touts emissions reductions already achieved in each of the states and asks EPA to allow states to use a range of existing programs to achieve carbon cutbacks under the standard. Further, the signatories ask EPA to allow states to take a broad-based approach to cutting carbon emissions, encouraging policies that take the overall energy sector and its makeup into account within each state rather than dealing only with imposed limits on individual power plants.
“States have always been the laboratories of innovation,” Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board and one of the letter’s signers, said in a statement. “We fully support an approach that allows states to develop their own programs and use comprehensive policy tools that improve the power sector as a whole.”
The letter comes as part of a wider push by states to influence the rulemaking ahead of its release.
Earlier in the month, members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of states that have voluntarily adopted regional power-plant emission limits, penned a letter asking the agency for leeway in using their current cap-and-trade policy as a way of achieving the standard when it debuts.
In November, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners similarly called for the agency to give states flexibility in meeting the targets.
Read the full letter here.
What We're Following See More »
Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.