Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan Tierney Publishes Op-Ed on the EPA's Clean Power Plan

September 28, 2016

The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)'s Clean Power Plan – seen as a road map for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by power plants – has strong support from many states, as well as from the business, public health, and consumer sectors. Yet critics claim the proposed plan goes too far, and the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments on the landmark plan. In “Does the Clean Power Plan Go Too Far? No.”, published in The National Law Journal on September 26th, 2016, Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan Tierney and Karl Rábago, executive director of the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Energy and Climate Center, state their opinion that the plan is a logical, practical, and flexible path forward that will not generate higher electric market costs, even in coal-heavy regions.   

Notably, the plan offers individual states flexibility in crafting an approach to meet emissions targets, enabling states to tailor solutions that are friendly to their own economic and market conditions. The op-ed concludes that the court should uphold the Clean Power Plan – which reflects the input of more than 4.3 million comments from citizens, states, businesses, and other stakeholders – as a “reasonable and responsible exercise of EPA's authority to fulfill its Clean Air Act mandate.”

(Both Tierney and Rábago previously wrote Declarations that were filed, along with other Declarations written by former state officials, before the Court on December 8, 2015, on behalf of the Environmental and Public Health Intervenors, in Case No. 15-1363 and Consolidated Cases.)

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