Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement after the President and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan:
Pollution from power plants is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States and I applaud the EPA and the Administration for their efforts to address it. The finalization of the Clean Power Plan is a significant step towards combating climate change and conserving our natural resources for future generations.
Climate change and air pollution disproportionately affect low income families, communities of color, and vulnerable populations like children and the elderly. We need to be doing more to protect our community. This final rule sends a strong message that the United States is committed to addressing this issue. As Congress holds hearings and debates on clean energy and climate legislation, I will focus on investing in clean energy and energy efficiency technologies, while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and combating climate change to ensure the well-being of future generations.