Steps to Address Climate Change: The EPA’s Proposed Rule to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Existing Power Plants

By NAG intern Yim Lin

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants is one immediate and tangible way that Climate Change is being addressed.  As part of my final semester project as an intern at NAG, I worked with NAG’s Environmental Community Organizer to research and prepare a comment letter to the EPA regarding this proposed rule.

NAG at People's Climate March

NAG at People’s Climate March

As part of my research, I attended a roundtable event at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New York office about the proposed rule.  It was my first time experiencing an official governmental event of that type and it provided me with a new perspective on environmental regulations and allowed me to see the intricacies of policy making process from a different point of view – which was very different from just hearing about it in the classroom.

Personally, I found that the biggest take-away from my research was that in the United States power plants account for nearly 40% of the carbon dioxide emissions – which adds up to more than every car, truck and plane in the U.S. combined.  For more information, please see our letter here.

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