Resolution Concerning EPA’s Carbon Policies

WHEREAS, it is important to build on the substantial environmental progress made by the United States; and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance supports sensible measures to address climate change and;

WHEREAS, the U.S. must pursue an energy strategy that ensures affordable and reliable energy for its citizens; and

WHEREAS, the domestic coal-based electric power industry has provided affordable and reliable electric supplies and has contributed to environmental progress by reducing harmful air emissions by nearly 90 percent per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated since 1970; and

WHEREAS, the domestic coal-based electric power industry will have invested $145 billion through 2016 to achieve these emission reductions; and

WHEREAS, on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued proposed guidelines under the federal Clean Air Act to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. electric sector emits four percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and, as a consequence, unilateral actions by the U.S. will not have a meaningful effect on climate change; and

WHEREAS, policies to reduce CO2 emissions are likely to increase energy costs; and

WHEREAS, increases in energy costs have a disproportionately greater impact on minority families, fixed and low-income consumers and minority owned businesses; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Policy Alliance urges EPA and the Administration ensure that its guidelines and other policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions minimize costs, do not cause employment losses, support advancements in fossil fuel technologies such as carbon capture and storage, and do not cause increases in energy prices that will harm low-income electric consumers, minority families and minority businesses; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the National Policy Alliance urges President Obama and members of the Administration to ensure that workers displaced by CO2 reduction policies are afforded re-employment training; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that that the National Policy Alliance will transmit this Resolution to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, the Administrator of the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Governors, and state public utility commissions.

Presented by: Jade Davis, ACCCE

Motioned by: Darlene Young, BIG

Seconded by: Ellis Alexander, NBCSBM