The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch
Center for Progressive Reform Issue Alert, No. 1506, August 2015
92 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2015 Last revised: 9 Jan 2016
Date Written: August 1, 2015
Although the Clean Air Act is an imperfect tool for addressing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is the only available federal mechanism for directly addressing power plant carbon emissions. The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, published in final form in August 2015, tackles the challenge. This paper from the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) compiles 13 separately authored essays from 11 CPR Member Scholars, each addressing a different topic related to the Clean Power Plan, and each representing the expertise and views of its individual author(s). Published in July 2015, just before the release of the final rule, the essays tee up key questions about the rule’s legality, implications for the energy sector, and a series of discrete implementation questions, including the role of cap-and-trade (and offsets), the nature and distribution of state targets, and implications for environmental justice.
Keywords: Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Power Plan, Clean Air Act, federalism, environmental justice, energy, cap-and-trade, offsets
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