WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement on President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan.

“Climate change is a fundamental challenge of the 21st century that impacts us all, threatening human health and the environment.  Limiting carbon pollution is a necessity to meet that challenge, which every country on earth faces, and it’s up to America to be the nation that solves the clean energy puzzle and leads the world this century,” said Senator Chris Coons. “President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan is a critical step forward in combatting this challenge by working with states to significantly cut harmful carbon pollution from the power sector and accelerate the shift towards clean energy and energy efficiency. We can't afford to miss the opportunity to push our country toward a clean energy economy. This is about sending the message to our country's best thinkers, innovators, and businesses that we must move in this direction together. 

“The Clean Power Plan will provide a much-needed national standard for power plant pollution that works for both the environment and our economy. Delaware has already proven that we can facilitate economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2009, Delaware has participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) with other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce carbon pollution while investing in clean energy, adding billions to the regional economy.  RGGI should serve as a model for other states as they seek to comply with the Clean Power Plan. This historic effort to reduce carbon pollution and fight climate change is particularly important to my home state of Delaware, which has the lowest mean elevation of any state in the nation, making it particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels.

“If the United States is going to remain a leader in the 21st century, we must be at the forefront of confronting climate change.  That’s why I’ve been working in the Senate to support greenhouse gas emission reductions and facilitate clean energy growth – from working to level the energy playing field through the MLP Parity Act to advocating for continued funding for research and development in innovative energy technologies through the energy title of America COMPETES.

“I also appreciate that the Administration took into account a number of concerns and interests from Delawareans while finalizing the Clean Power Plan, and I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to build on President Obama’s proposal to fight climate change.”