The Clean Power Plan is the most significant step our country has ever taken to address climate change. The Clean Power Plan sets achievable limits on carbon pollution based on proven and cost-effective approaches —and it provides states and power companies with extraordinary flexibility in deciding how to meet these targets in ways that are sensitive to local considerations. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible, and designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner American energy.
By curbing carbon pollution from power plants – the nation’s largest source – the Clean Power Plan will save lives, create new opportunities in communities across the country, help strengthen our economy, and bolster U.S. global leadership. By 2030, it is projected to reduce carbon pollution by about one-third lower than 2005 levels, while also reducing other dangerous power plant pollution like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. The Clean Power Plan will also prevent an estimated 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks in children, and 300,000 missed work and school days every year by 2030. And when states implement strong energy efficiency measures as part of their plans to implement the Clean Power Plan, households can save $17 per month (or more than $200 per year!) on their electric bills by 2030.
The Clean Power Plan by the Numbers
2 out of 3…Americans support the lifesaving standards established by the Clean Power Plan
10…Power companies – in control of 100,000 megawatts of generating capacity – support the Clean Power Plan
18…States filed legal briefs in support of the Clean Power Plan
19…States are moving forward with their own plans to transition to cleaner, safer energy
32…The percent carbon pollution emissions levels from the power sector will be reduced below 2005 levels by 2030
68…Percent of Catholics believe we have a moral responsibility to personally act on climate change
70…Percent of utility executives would like to see the Clean Power Plan’s pollution reduction targets left in place or increased and its timetable left unchanged
Nearly 80…Percent of Hispanics consider climate change a somewhat serious or very serious problem
83…Percent of African-Americans support the Clean Power Plan
110…Iconic and successful American businesses signed a public statement calling for “swift implementation” of the Clean Power Plan
$204…The savings families can expect per year on their electric bills by 2030, if states implement strong energy efficiency standards
3,600…Premature deaths will be avoided each year by 2030
90,000…Asthma attacks in children will be avoided each year by 2030
300,000…Missed work and school days will be avoided every year by 2030
4,300,000…Public comments were received by EPA during the unprecedented public engagement process undertaken around the Clean Power Plan
870,000,000…Tons of carbon pollution will be eliminated by 2030
Up to $54,000,000,000…The annual public health and climate benefits that will be realized by 2030.