On Monday, SuperGreen Solutions of the Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region attended a private discussion with John Podesta, Counselor to the President. The discussion surrounded, President Barack Obama’s strongest proposal against climate change to date — proposing new EPA regulations. On Monday, an Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan that would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30%.
Some Republicans are claiming 800,000 jobs could be lost and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that the new regulations will cost the economy $50 billion a year. But, the EPA is painting a very different picture.
“The net benefits are way greater than the risks,” stated Podesta. “And we have a moral obligation to leave our children in a world that is not poisoned.”
This proposal is not just about climate change. It is also to help public health and welfare. Right now, power plants account for 40% of carbon emissions. By cutting those emissions by just 30%, the agency will reduce 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.
“As president, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that is beyond fixing,” stated Obama at the Children’s National Medical Center on Saturday.
The EPA is estimating that the proposal will cost about $8.8 billion annually in 2030, but will lead to climate and many health benefits, which is worth $55 billion to $93 billion per year. In addition, the average electricity bill in the U.S. will be reduced by 8%, along with making the nation more energy independent.
Thomas Hsiao, President of the SuperGreen Solutions in the Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, added “We were happy to hear Mr. Podesta and the White House’s support of the EPA and DOE’s proposal to put over site on the energy sector’s carbon output. This will ultimately reduce our dependence on our aging coal fire power plants and reduce possible environmental hazards and accidents. We look forward to working closely with local energy partners such as Duke Energy to reduce the carbon output by 30%.”
Never will be have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment. Thousands of American workers will be needed for construction, transmission, and much more, in order to make a cleaner world a reality. It is no longer true that energy efficiency solutions, such as solar panels and wind turbines are 4x as expensive as coal. The Administration is giving states maximum flexibility, which means maximum cost efficiency in order to meet these standards. Just to name a few options, states have the option of making power plants more efficient, reducing the frequency at which coal- fired power plants supply power to the grid, or invest in renewable, low-carbon sources of energy, depending on the best solution for each individual state.