Tim Kaine: On EPA move on power plant emissions
Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.
I recently wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to request that the usual 60-day comment period be doubled to 120 days to allow maximum opportunity for citizens and stakeholders to analyze the rule and share concerns and ideas. I am gratified that EPA has agreed to this request, and I look forward to dialogue with Virginia families and businesses about the proposal.
Recent alarming climate trends, including the rise in sea levels in Hampton Roads, demonstrate that we must reduce carbon pollution in energy production. That’s why I support research investments in cleaner coal technologies, a groundbreaking plan to develop wind energy off the Virginia coast, safer development of natural gas resources and major steps to expand energy conservation and efficiency. These will be some of the innovative options that could count as emissions reductions under the EPA plan.
I’ve seen how smart environmental rules helped us clean up the james river in my hometown in ways that improved our economy and quality of life. We don’t have to choose between a clean environment and economic growth. We just have to make sure that we adopt balanced rules that advance environmental goals by spurring economic innovation.