Mayor Betsy Hodges: EPA Clean Power Plan “ambitious, yet achievable”
June 2, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — In response to President Barack Obama’s announcement this morning to fight climate change through a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, Mayor Betsy Hodges released the following statement:
“The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment. This plan will move our country forward toward measureable carbon reductions that will have an impact on public health, stimulate investment in clean energy and create jobs in our state.
“Minneapolis has long been a leader in the strategies that will make the Clean Power Plan successful, including the Climate Action Plan the City Council passed in 2013 which provides a roadmap for reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Innovation Corridor which stretches between Minneapolis and Saint Paul is a first-of-its kind model that brings together public and private investment to advance the development of clean energy technology.
“I thank President Obama for his leadership; the effects of climate change are already being felt across the nation and this proposal is ambitious, yet achievable. These efforts to modernize our power plants will continue our progress in cutting carbon pollution, sparking homegrown clean energy innovation to create jobs and lower energy waste to save families money. I look forward to working with state leaders and the utilities that serve our city to support Minnesota’s strategies to meet the goals laid out in the Clean Power Plan to cut pollution and protect our environment for future generations.”
Published Jun 2, 2014