Statement from America is All In Co-Chair Gina McCarthy on the EPA’s Power Sector Rules

April 25, 2024
Power Plant

Washington, D.C. – April 25, 2024 – Gina McCarthy, Managing Co-Chair of America Is All In and former White House national climate advisor and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, released the following statement on EPA’s rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and waste from the power sector.

Statement from Gina McCarthy, Managing Co-Chair of America Is All In, former White House national climate advisor, and former EPA Administrator:

“Today, is a BFD for public health and our environment. Reducing pollution and preventing the additional buildout of fossil fuels are the most critical actions we can take to give our kids a healthier, more stable world and meet our climate goals.

“EPA was smart in finalizing a suite of rules together. They’re providing a big step forward and the certainty industry needs to to provide reliable, affordable clean energy to all Americans. I am so proud of the work the agency is doing to not only stop carbon dioxide from the power sector that’s driving climate change, but to protect our air and water from other damaging pollutants. Mercury, lead, and toxic heavy-metals spewed by power plants cause huge health hazards like cancer, heart attacks, strokes, developmental challenges and respiratory illnesses, particularly for communities living near these plants.

“The Biden administration is taking historic action on climate change. They are proving that the United States is serious about being a world leader on climate change, public health, and the environment.”

Electric power generation is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide pollution in the United States. In 2022, coal accounted for 55% of total carbon emissions from the electric power sector and gas accounted for 43% of CO2 emissions. By curbing greenhouse gas emissions, we can address the impacts of climate change and achieve our national climate targets of a 50-52% economy-wide emissions reduction by 2030 and a net zero emissions economy by 2050. The EPA’s new standards will also be critical in improving public health and saving lives cut short by air pollution by reducing the impact of harmful pollutants such as particulate matter, carcinogens, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide. Imposing stronger limits on these pollutants will help address the disproportionate impact of pollution on historically marginalized and underserved communities.

Realizing the full climate and health benefits of carbon emissions reductions requires an all-of-society approach that includes federal policies and action from states, cities, and businesses. America Is All In’s report shows an all-of-society approach to achieving U.S. climate goals, including integrating federal policies with state and local actions, which can realize improved air quality and health benefits across every state and nearly every county in the United States. Climate-smart implementation of existing policies such as those supported by the Inflation Reduction Act can reduce premature deaths attributable to air pollution by nearly 3,300 annually in the U.S. in 2030. 


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Siham Zniber
America Is All In
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