Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)It's Time to Cut Carbon Pollution From Power Plants, Here's How We Do ItHuffington PostNRDC experts unveiled a groundbreaking proposal today that will confront the threat of climate change and make our air...
Here's how our plan would work. The EPA would set state-specific limits on carbon pollution that reflect the fact that some states depend heavily on high-carbon energy sources like coal-fired power plants, while others rely more on cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable resources like wind and solar. It would then give states a wide range of affordable ways to meet their goal. Our analysis shows that the most cost-effective way would be through energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is a win-win for consumers and utilities alike. Things like high-performance windows and better insulated buildings cut down on the amount of energy we use -- and the need to build costly and polluting power plants. They can also save homeowners more than $700 a year, about one-third of the average annual utility bill. This makes energy efficiency one of the cheapest and fastest ways for states to achieve their carbon reduction targets.
Shifting away from dirty energy sources will also improve our health. If we cut down on the amount of coal-fired power we use, we will reduce the amount of sulfur and nitrogen oxides we breathe. Modeling shows that the NRDC plan would prevent more than 23,000 asthma attacks and thousands of premature deaths.
The benefits of reducing harmful pollution would be as much as 15 times greater than the costs.
NRDC has demonstrated that America can slash our carbon pollution, shield our communities from the ravages of climate change, protect our families' health, and save money at the same time. In the 2012 election, the majority of Americans made it clear they want to realize these benefits. NRDC has offered a plan to do just that.
Via Bert Guevara