- 2 years ago
One year ago this week, at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave his most expansive speech on climate change. Central to his plans are regulations that would rein in CO2 emissions from power plants.
So, one year on, how’s it going?
“I think it’s going well,” says Gina McCarthy, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the main person in charge of implementing Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
“We've done a tremendous amount of outreach. We've been working with states, utilities, business groups, environmental constituencies and communities. We’re planning to finalize the plan this summer and we're excited about it,” McCarthy says. How Monday's US Supreme Court decision changes that plan remains to be seen.
The new rules will operate under the Clean Air Act, and the EPA has been enormously successful in using the Clean Air Act to provide significant public health protections, McCarthy says — and they’ve been able to do it in a way that has continued to allow the