Environmental Advocates, Lawmakers Praise President's Climate Action Plan

Jun 27, 2013

Rep. Rick Watrous and Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, both Democrats, attend an event to praise President Barack Obama's recently announced climate action plan.
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Environmental advocates and state lawmakers gathered in Concord on Thursday to praise President Obama’s recently announced climate action plan.

Tom Irwin, vice president and director of Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire office, says a key component of the plan is to cut carbon emissions from power plants.

He pushed back against critics who argue this is a unilateral action by the administration.

“The reality is this is the administration executing as the executive branch a law that was passed by Congress and interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to require carbon dioxide emissions to be addressed again under the Clean Air Act.”

President Obama’s plan directs the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for both new and existing coal-fired power plants.