Howard A. Learner, ELPC Executive Director, Addresses Proposed CO2 Rule On E&ETV
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
As news spread Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection was proposing the first-ever carbon dioxide limits on power plants, Howard A. Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, sat down with E&ETV.
“EPA’s action today is obviously a huge step forward and it tracks the Clean Air Act and the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision Massachusetts v. EPA.,” he said. “It’s also a fairly measured action by EPA. The administrators made clear that it isn’t applying to existing power plants and there’s, in effect, a phase-in, in terms of when it applies to future power plants. So it’s a big action, but it’s been a very measured approach and, in the short term, we don’t think it will have very significant impacts on the way the market is functioning this year or next year and probably the year after.”