ECC National Policy News Roundup
ECC Joins Appeal Court Briefs Defending Clean Power Plan
ECC is joining two amicus briefs in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) to be filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. One brief is spearheaded by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the other by National People’s Action and a broad-based group of environmental justice organizations.
In February, the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a stay on EPA’s implementation of the CPP, pending an appeals court review of cases challenging EPA’s authority to limit greenhouse emissions from coal-fired power plants under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. The appeal is to be heard in June.
At the time of the stay, the Obama Administration stated that EPA would continue working “with states that choose to continue plan development and will prepare the tools those states will need.” The statement added, “the administration will continue to take aggressive steps to make forward progress to reduce carbon emissions.”
“The ASBC amicus brief will emphasize the tremendous costs that have been, and will increasingly be, imposed on all businesses by climate change,” said ECC’s Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca. “The brief will also highlight the economic benefits of using the CPP regulations to promote innovation and free-market solutions.”
Floresca said the National People’s Action brief will focus on environmental justice, equity and climate action.
ECC Supports Georgetown Climate Center on Climate Equity Portal
ECC has agreed to support the efforts of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Climate Center to develop a climate-equity portal as part of the university’s Climate Adaptation Clearinghouse.
The climate-equity portal’s overarching goal is to incorporate equity and social cohesion into climate adaptation policies by providing state and local officials with best practices for incorporating equity considerations into adaptation planning processes, including how best to engage diverse stakeholders.
“ECC is honored to be asked by the Georgetown Climate Center – one of the premiere academic centers to address climate change – to help develop its climate-equity portal,” said ECC Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca. He continued, “We are confident that state, county and municipal governments can make great strides in incorporating equity and inclusion in their policies to address clean energy, climate and the environment.”
ECC Supports Blue Green Alliance on Flint Relief
ECC joined a call to action from the BlueGreen Alliance to support emergency water relief for Flint, Mich., currently being debated in the United States Senate, in a provision added to the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan energy bill formerly titled S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act.
“This call to action underscores the dire need to repair America’s water infrastructure to keep our communities safe and healthy,” said ECC Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Felipe Floresca. “Doing so will also create and sustain quality jobs for American workers.”
ECC Joins 100% Network
ECC has joined the 100% Network, a coalition effort spearheaded by The Solutions Project and the Sierra Club that envisions an equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 that creates the greatest opportunity and benefit for the greatest number of people.
Several of ECC’s partner advocates, including the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Green For All, are among the organizations joining together to bridge movements and invite communities of color to participate in shaping the vision and strategies to get to 100% clean energy.
“We want to ensure that communities of color are not left behind as America experiences a clean-energy revolution,” Floresca stated. “Renewable energy can promote utility affordability, ownership of energy production, access to good jobs, local economic development and community benefits. The communities we care so much about must benefit from solar, wind, tidal and small geothermal; carbon-free transportation; and energy efficiency.”
ECC Endorses Congressional Clean-Energy Resolution
ECC joins NextGen Climate in support of a bicameral congressional resolution supporting a clean-energy economy with a national goal of 50 percent clean and carbon-free electricity by 2030. Sponsors of the resolution include the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, New Democrats Coalition, Safe Climate Caucus and Sustainable Energy and Environmental Caucus. To date, 30 senators and 103 members of Congress have endorsed the resolution.