advancing clean air regulation
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This year the EPA will propose greenhouse gas standards for new power plants and oil refineries, sectors
that account for nearly 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Participation by the renewable
energy industry could help to make these new regulations as strict as possible.
the EPA, the lack of participation from renewable energy companies leaves the court with the
erroneous impression that the cases are a battle
between the EPA and business. The renewable
energy industry is the most effective advocate for
its low-carbon economic growth and job creation
potential and for reducing the unfair competitive
advantages maintained by the current cost-free
approach to greenhouse gas pollution.
In its 2009 report, “Estimating the Jobs
Impact of Tackling Climate Change,” ASES
demonstrated that the renewable energy and
energy-efficiency industries had already generated 9 million jobs and $1 trillion in revenue in
the United States ( ases.org/greenjobs). According to the report, if the United States adopted
aggressive strategies for reducing greenhouse
gases, these industries could generate 37 million jobs and more than $4 trillion in revenue by
2030, while reducing American carbon dioxide
emissions by 30 to 40 percent.
The EPA greenhouse gas
regulations are under legal
assault by the same interests
that derailed a national energy and climate bill in 2010. If
these cases succeed, they will
eliminate the only remaining
option for national limits on
greenhouse gas emissions.
46 June 2011 SOLAR TODAY solartoday.org
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