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  1. President Obama’s Climate Initiative Congressional Gridlock Executive Action

  2. CLOSING THE POWER PLANT CARBON POLLUTION LOOPHOLE CLOSING THE POWER PLANT CARBON POLLUTION LOOPHOLE: SMART WAYS THE CLEAN AIR ACT CAN CLEAN UP AMERICA’S BIGGEST CLIMATE POLLUTERS

  3. Clean Air Act of 1970 • Authorizes EPA to reduce air pollution • So far, 70 pollutants have been regulated • Now, carbon pollution • Cleared by Supreme Court

  4. Section 111 of the Clean Air Act • 111(b) = new power plants • 111(d) = existing power plants

  5. The Action Timeline • 1/20/13: President Obama takes office • 11/2013: Proposed rules for new plants • 6/2014: Proposed rules for existing plants • 6/2015: Final rules for new and existing plants • 6/2016: State Implementation Plans (SIPs)

  6. Standards & Plans • EPA Releases Standards • CO2 Emission Targets • Compliance Guidelines • States submit Implementation Plans • How they will meet the targets

  7. State Implementation Plan Flexible 50 States, 50 Plans

  8. SIPs Have Two Goals • Keep Delivering the Power We Need • Reduce Emissions These are Compatible

  9. Energy Yoga Part 1 • Inflexible approach • Emission reductions only “Inside the Fence Line” • Improved efficiency of fuel burning • Cleaner fuels • Capture or Sequester Carbon • No renewables

  10. Energy Yoga Part 2 • Flexible approach AKA “System-based” • Reductions both Inside & Outside the Fence Line • Anything inside the fence line, PLUS • Conservation, efficiency & renewables • States can cooperate • More methods for reductions = more reductions • Most cost-effective way

  11. Good Cop / Bad Cop, Part 1 • How much Power Do We Need to Deliver? • Bad Cop: “Keep wasting power = more $ for ME!” • Good Cop: “Conserve, be efficient = more $ for the rest of us!”

  12. Good Cop / Bad Cop, Part 2 • Reduce Emissions • Bad Cop: “Keep burning fossil fuels” • Switch to gas • Spend $$ on “Clean Coal” technology • Bad because CO2 emissions persist • Good Cop: “Go to clean energy, conservation, etc” • Substitute renewables for fossil fuels • Get to zero emissions sooner

  13. Flexible Compliance Options

  14. Good Plan • Close the Dirtiest Plants • Switch to Cleaner Fuels on Remaining Plants • Aggressive Conservation and Efficiency • Bring Renewables Online ASAP

  15. Benefits to Action • 210,000 jobs, nationwide • Reduce future social costs (health, food, sea level rise, environmental devastation…)

  16. Local Impacts • How this will affect our city, our state