Seattle, WA – Today President Barack Obama announced his administration's next steps for building a legacy of action to fight the climate crisis. The plan includes new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scales up responsible clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and uses the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
Sierra Club director of Washington's Coal-Free PSE campaign, Doug Howell released the following statement in response:
"Today's climate announcement from the White House demonstrates the kind of bold leadership we've been waiting for to put us on the right path to fighting the ever-growing climate crisis. We are heartened by his commitment to taking this giant step forward toward meeting our carbon reduction and clean energy goals.
"This news should dramatically impact our Washington utilities. Last month Puget Sound Energy (PSE), a major owner of the Colstrip coal fired power plant in Montana--the largest climate polluter in the Northwest--released its 20 year energy plan without accounting for carbon in its final recommendation. With this additional information, we call on PSE to re-consider the economic risks associated with continuing to rely on its dirty and increasingly expensive coal plant.
"Rather, the commitment to establish new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances and the promise to increase responsible clean energy production on public lands, is the recipe for a sustainable energy future in Washington.
"The President is stepping up to reduce the carbon pollution that is destabilizing our climate, threatening our economy, and endangering our communities. We now look to our local leaders, regulators and Puget Sound Energy to ensure we take responsibility for this dangerous climate disrupting pollution."
To find out more about moving Washington beyond coal, visit CoalFreePSE.org.