Editor’s note: A divided Supreme Court agreed this week to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP offers a historic set of guidelines for reducing carbon pollution from power plants and acting on climate change. In response to the temporary stay of the CPP, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the below statement on behalf of AWEA’s CEO, Tom Kiernan.
“The American wind industry is disappointed in the decision by the Supreme Court, staying the effectiveness of the Clean Power Plan while the courts review legal challenges to the rule. A centerpiece of President Obama’s climate action plan, the Clean Power Plan builds on existing trends in the electric power sector that have allowed many states around the country to reduce emissions at a rapid rate, while producing lower electric rates for consumers, and embrace cleaner energy solutions, like wind energy. The wind industry has demonstrated that we can reduce carbon emissions while reducing electric bills.
Today’s decision does not mean the Clean Power Plan has been overturned, to the contrary we are confident that once the courts carefully consider the merits of these cases, the Clean Power Plan will stand. A stay, however is disappointing because it may signal eventual delays in reducing both the carbon pollution that is causing climate change and getting proven, clean, and affordable wind energy to more Americans.” – Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA.
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