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NEWS: HEEP's Director Responds to EPA Proposal


WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 2, 2014: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announces new regulations for power plants at EPA headquarters June 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bypassing Congress and using President Barack Obama's 'Climate Action Plan,' the new regulations will force more than 600 existing coal-fired power plants, the single largest source of greenhouse gas emission in the country, to reduce their carbon pollution 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Bryan Galcik, Program Assistant, Harvard Environmental Economics Program
June 5, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the direction of President Obama, released a landmark rule on June 2, 2014 that aims to reduce carbon emissions from the electric-power sector by 30 percent, nationwide, below 2005 levels by 2030. The "Clean Power Plan" will have the added benefit of reducing air pollution that is responsible for various health problems. Among other approaches to reducing emissions, the rule will promote energy efficiency, in turn reducing electricity demand. The EPA's web site for the Clean Power Plan is here.

Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Director of HEEP and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, was interviewed by HKS about the new rule in this article. For in-depth analysis, read Professor Stavins' blog post and op-ed in The New York Times. He was also quoted in numerous press reports including: NPR (June 3), U.S. News & World Report (June 3), The New York Times (June 2), MIT Technology Review (June 2), The Sydney Morning Herald (June 2), and The Hill (June 2).