Here Are The Facts You Need To Fight The Republican Lies About Obama’s Clean Power Plant Plan


Republicans are doing the bidding of their fossil fuel masters by distorting President Obama’s historic clean power plant plan, but here are the facts that you need to know in order to fight back.

The White House has released a Fact Sheet that delivers the truth about the President’s plan:

Today at the White House, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will release the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Obama Administration’s fight against climate change.

We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged. The effects of climate change are already being felt across the nation. In the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital. Extreme weather events – from more severe droughts and wildfires in the West to record heat waves – and sea level rise are hitting communities across the country. In fact, 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred in the first 15 years of this century and last year was the warmest year ever. The most vulnerable among us – including children, older adults, people with heart or lung disease, and people living in poverty – are most at risk from the impacts of climate change. Taking action now is critical.

The Clean Power Plan establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. We already set limits that protect public health by reducing soot and other toxic emissions, but until now, existing power plants, the largest source of carbon emissions in the United States, could release as much carbon pollution as they wanted.

The final Clean Power Plan sets flexible and achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, 9 percent more ambitious than the proposal. By setting carbon pollution reduction goals for power plants and enabling states to develop tailored implementation plans to meet those goals, the Clean Power Plan is a strong, flexible framework that will:
· Provide significant public health benefits – The Clean Power Plan, and other policies put in place to drive a cleaner energy sector, will reduce premature deaths from power plant emissions by nearly 90 percent in 2030 compared to 2005 and decrease the pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog and can lead to more asthma attacks in kids by more than 70 percent. The Clean Power Plan will also avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.

· Create tens of thousands of jobs while ensuring grid reliability;

· Drive more aggressive investment in clean energy technologies than the proposed rule, resulting in 30 percent more renewable energy generation in 2030 and continuing to lower the costs of renewable energy.

· Save the average American family nearly $85 on their annual energy bill in 2030, reducing enough energy to power 30 million homes, and save consumers a total of $155 billion from 2020-2030;

· Give a head start to wind and solar deployment and prioritize the deployment of energy efficiency improvements in low-income communities that need it most early in the program through a Clean Energy Incentive Program; and

· Continue American leadership on climate change by keeping us on track to meet the economy-wide emissions targets we have set, including the goal of reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.


The final Clean Power Plan takes into account the unprecedented input EPA received through extensive outreach, including the 4 million comments that were submitted to the agency during the public comment period. The result is a fair, flexible program that will strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy. The Clean Power Plan significantly reduces carbon pollution from the electric power sector while advancing clean energy innovation, development, and deployment. It ensures the U.S. will stay on a path of long-term clean energy investments that will maintain the reliability of our electric grid, promote affordable and clean energy for all Americans, and continue United States leadership on climate action. The Clean Power Plan:

– Provides Flexibility to States to Choose How to Meet Carbon Standards: EPA’s Clean Power Plan establishes carbon pollution standards for power plants, called carbon dioxide (CO2) emission performance rates. States develop and implement tailored plans to ensure that the power plants in their state meet these standards- either individually, together, or in combination with other measures like improvements in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The final rule provides more flexibility in how state plans can be designed and implemented, including: streamlined opportunities for states to include proven strategies like trading and demand-side energy efficiency in their plans, and allows states to develop “trading ready” plans to participate in “opt in” to an emission credit trading market with other states taking parallel approaches without the need for interstate agreements. All low-carbon electricity generation technologies, including renewables, energy efficiency, natural gas, nuclear and carbon capture and storage, can play a role in state plans.

– More Time for States Paired With Strong Incentives for Early Deployment of Clean Energy: State plans are due in September of 2016, but states that need more time can make an initial submission and request extensions of up to two years for final plan submission. The compliance averaging period begins in 2022 instead of 2020, and emission reductions are phased in on a gradual “glide path” to 2030. These provisions to give states and companies more time to prepare for compliance are paired with a new Clean Energy Incentive Program to drive deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency before 2022.

– Creates Jobs and Saves Money for Families and Businesses: The Clean Power Plan builds on the progress states, cities, and businesses and have been making for years. Since the beginning of 2010, the average cost of a solar electric system has dropped by half and wind is increasingly competitive nationwide. The Clean Power Plan will drive significant new investment in cleaner, more modern and more efficient technologies, creating tens of thousands of jobs. Under the Clean Power Plan, by 2030, renewables will account for 28 percent of our capacity, up from 22 percent in the proposed rule. Due to these improvements, the Clean Power Plan will save the average American nearly $85 on their energy bill in 2030, and save consumers a total of $155 billion through 2020-2030, reducing enough energy to power 30 million homes.

– Rewards States for Early Investment in Clean Energy, Focusing on Low-Income Communities: The Clean Power Plan establishes a Clean Energy Incentive Program that will drive additional early deployment of renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency. Under the program, credits for electricity generated from renewables in 2020 and 2021 will be awarded to projects that begin construction after participating states submit their final implementation plans. The program also prioritizes early investment in energy efficiency projects in low-income communities by the Federal government awarding these projects double the number of credits in 2020 and 2021. Taken together, these incentives will drive faster renewable energy deployment, further reduce technology costs, and lay the foundation for deep long-term cuts in carbon pollution. In addition, the Clean Energy Incentive Plan provides additional flexibility for states, and will increase the overall net benefits of the Clean Power Plan.

– Ensures Grid Reliability: The Clean Power Plan contains several important features to ensure grid reliability as we move to cleaner sources of power. In addition to giving states more time to develop implementation plans, starting compliance in 2022, and phasing in the targets over the decade, the rule requires states to address reliability in their state plans. The final rule also provides a “reliability safety valve” to address any reliability challenges that arise on a case-by-case basis. These measures are built on a framework that is inherently flexible in that it does not impose plant-specific requirements and provides states flexibility to smooth out their emission reductions over the period of the plan and across sources.

– Continues U.S. Leadership on Climate Change: The Clean Power Plan continues United States leadership on climate change. By driving emission reductions from power plants, the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Clean Power Plan builds on prior Administration steps to reduce emissions, including historic investments to deploy clean energy technologies, standards to double the fuel economy of our cars and light trucks, and steps to reduce methane pollution. Taken together these measures put the United States on track to achieve the President’s near-term target to reduce emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and lay a strong foundation to deliver against our long-term target to reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The release of the Clean Power Plan continues momentum towards international climate talks in Paris in December, building on announcements to-date of post-2020 targets by countries representing 70 percent of global energy based carbon emissions.

– Sets State Targets in a Way That Is Fair and Is Directly Responsive to Input from States, Utilities, and Stakeholders: In response to input from stakeholders, the final Clean Power Plan modifies the way that state targets are set by using an approach that better reflects the way the electricity grid operates, using updated information about the cost and availability of clean generation technologies, and establishing separate emission performance rates for all coal plants and all gas plants. .

– Maintains Energy Efficiency as Key Compliance Tool: In addition to on-site efficiency and greater are reliance on low and zero carbon generation, the Clean Power Plan provides states with broad flexibility to design carbon reduction plans that include energy efficiency and other emission reduction strategies. EPA’s analysis shows that energy efficiency is expected to play a major role in meeting the state targets as a cost-effective and widely-available carbon reduction tool, saving enough energy to power 30 million homes and putting money back in ratepayers’ pockets.

– Requires States to Engage with Vulnerable Populations: The Clean Power Plan includes provisions that require states to meaningfully engage with low-income, minority, and tribal communities, as the states develop their plans. EPA also encourages states to engage with workers and their representatives in the utility and related sectors in developing their state plans.

– Includes a Proposed Federal Implementation Plan: EPA is also releasing a proposed federal plan today. This proposed plan will provide a model states can use in designing their plans, and when finalized, will be a backstop to ensure that the Clean Power Plan standards are met in every state.

Since the Clean Air Act became law more than 45 years ago with bipartisan support, the EPA has continued to protect the health of communities, in particular those vulnerable to the impacts of harmful air pollution, while the economy has continued to grow. In fact, since 1970, air pollution has decreased by nearly 70 percent while the economy has tripled in size. The Clean Power Plan builds on this progress, while providing states the flexibility and tools to transition to clean, reliable, and affordable electricity.

13 Replies to “Here Are The Facts You Need To Fight The Republican Lies About Obama’s Clean Power Plant Plan”

  1. Excellent Article!

    I concur- because the Right Wing will leave no stone unturned and no lie go unspoken in their efforts to denounce Obama and his excellent platforms.

    And the fools will be out parroting their corporate masters B.S.

    But we have to remain steadfast, and not only use the facts, but also to remind them of how much better it would be if we had the renewable energy that other countries have.

    Keystone XL- is not American Oil. Clean Energy would go a long ways towards reducing American dependence on foreign energy sources.

    Clean energy would also employ Americans. It doesn’t dirty the environment, like Oil or Coal. Or for that matter- Nuclear.

    Why should the U.S. be lagging behind all of the more advanced nations like China or the European Union? Why do you Cons want us vulnerable to those folks?

  2. Rubio and the others need to be called on their ignoring the very real costs of doing nothing.

    If you think it’s expensive to make the transition to cleaner energy sources, you should also see that it is far more expensive and costly in terms of the health and well being of life on the home planet if we do not make the transition.

  3. Thank you President Obama for your continued effort to solve problems. The fools on the other side have no solutions, just angry talking points. Please vote Republicans out of office…

  4. @Grim, you wanna know why republicans don’t care about OUR environment? OUR schools? OUR police departments? OUR infrustructure? A good running government? because they ONLY care about MONEY! that’s their GOD! it’s all about POWER-CONTROL and MONEY! the koch brothers don’t give a damn about global warming! pollution, they ONLY care about the CASH! they’re in the twilight of their lives, they won’t be here if WE don’t stop global warming! and like the typical republican/ libertarian, they don’t give a damn about ANYTHING but THEMSELVES. So when you hear the average republican talking about how they just LOVE the kids! it’s just another layer of bald face lies they enjoy spewing! they LOVE MONEY! BTW @DJ., NIXON wasn’t 100% DOWN with the EPA, NIXON used the creation of the EPA in 1970 as a tool to appease the anti vietnam LEFT MYTH NIXON CREATED THE EPA

  5. Republicans and their Addiction to: Moar Money.

    Crack, Marijuana, Alcohol, all those pale in comparison.

    Cause few are willing to put up with those kinds of addicts.

    But money addicts are adored by much of the population.

  6. Well, the GOP wants to take America backwards; horse & buggy, child labor, slave labor, whale oil and the like.

    So much for the “lame duck” Presidency.

  7. Reducing carbon emissions is an important goal that I wholeheartedly support, but not at the expense of just as bad or worse, which is the case for nuclear. It’s not emphasized but there is this text: “All low-carbon electricity generation technologies, including renewables, energy efficiency, natural gas, nuclear and carbon capture and storage, can play a role in state plans” which clearly is a sellout to the nuclear power corporate psychopaths. We all need to make Obama and Congress understand that nuclear replaces coal like arsenic replaces cyanide and the only responsible thing to do is end nuclear power entirely.

  8. The professional swindler Mark Goldes swindles the readers of Huffington Post and other sites, by making use of false and fraudulent pretenses, involving his non-existent make-believe “breakthroughs,” to obtain loans from them, which he never repays.

    Posted to the following HuffPost article by Paul Blumenthal and Kate Sheppard you can find yet another of Mark Goldes’ latest efforts to swindle readers of Huffington Post concerned about climate change, by way of yet another spam comment advertising his fraudulent sham “AESOP Institute:”

    WHY does Huffington Post continue to help the professional swindler Mark Goldes to swindle THEIR OWN READERS, by posting his countless spam comments advertising his fraudulent sham “AESOP Institute?”

  9. I have a cousin & she got an engineering degree in 4 years, & works atop big wind turbines for lots of money…& I remember when she was not even born.

    I feel like a loser, but I just like being alive, & not actually atop a massive tall turbine. Yeowza! 5 tons on top of that pylon has got to sway a bit.

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