September 29, 2016 – Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and faculty director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, was quoted in the Financial Times in response to opposition towards the Clean Power Plan that was presented by President Obama at the Paris Talks last year.
The plan sets reductions on carbon dioxide emission from power generation for each state and requires states to create their own plan for meeting these goals, or have the federal government impose a program for the state. Opponents of the plan include 27 Republican states as well as coal mining, oil refining, and manufacturing companies that believe the plan violates prohibitions in the US Constitution and will devastate their industries.
Professor Carlson states that the EPA’s regulations were completely consistent with past interpretations of the Clean Air Act. She says, “If this is putting a gun to the head of the states, then so is every under federal regulation imposed under the Clean Air Act.”
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