American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Ceres, and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) released the following statements regarding yesterday's decision from the Supreme Court to stay the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan standards for carbon emissions from existing power plants pending litigation in the lower courts.
Jackson Ewing: U.S. Promises to International Partners in Paris Look Shaky
The U.S. Supreme Court’s temporary halting of the Environmental Protection Ageny's Clean Power Plan (CPP) has wide-ranging implications. The CPP is the main component of the Obama administration's energy reform agenda, and forms the foundation of U.S. commitments to address climate change. The Court ruling halts the enactment of the CPP until legal challenges have been decided; a process likely to extend through the remainder of Obama’s presidency and possibly beyond. Domestically, this uncertainty undermines the regulatory stability long called for by energy investors, and impedes U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Further afield, it erodes the basis of upon which the U.S. made international commitments.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted requests by the fossil-fuel industry and allied states to temporarily stay the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which sets the first-ever federal carbon pollution limits for our nation's electric power plants.
A centerpiece of the nation's climate action strategy, the Clean Power Plan draws on the strength and ingenuity of American innovation to slash dangerous carbon pollution being dumped into our air, while fostering investment in energy efficiency and clean energy. By limiting the carbon emissions that are causing climate change, the Clean Power Plan will also reduce pollution that causes serious respiratory diseases, heart conditions and premature death, which disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of society.
President’s request would preserve conservation funding and increase funding for sustainable agriculture priorities
Alongside President Obama’s proposal to double funding for public lands conservation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, his FY 2017 budget request preserves farm bill funding for private lands conservation programs, including the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). For the first time in years, the budget proposes no new cuts to these critical programs.
USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi to join Global Green USA Board Global environmental leader brings enhanced expertise, reach to the organization's work
USGBC announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The per capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; create jobs; and establish a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.