Last Tuesday, November 5, California Interfaith Power & Light and Bay Area faith leaders turned out to support the EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, which are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the U.S. that causes climate change.
EPA listening sessions on proposed regulations happened all over the country and were designed to elicit input from key stakeholders across the country, including here in San Francisco, as the agency prepares to propose a standard next June. As a result of climate change, Californians will experience greater exposure to public health threats such as heat-related sickness, air pollution, and water scarcity. This proposal follows last month’s similar plan of a carbon pollution standard for new power plants.
A press conference was held on the stairs of EPA headquarters and included Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council Member; Nancy Rader, Executive Director, CalWEA; Melanie Fitzpatrick, UCS Climate scientist; Rev. Sally Bingham, President and Founder Interfaith Power and Light; and Lisa Hoyos, Climate Parents.
Faith leaders were among hundreds to make public comments in support of the proposed regulations, including Greg Bedard, CIPL’s Program Director, (pictured left.)