The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan
The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from currently operating electricity generating facilities. Carbon dioxide emissions could have a variety of considerable negative impacts to our nation, including global climate change. Regulating carbon emissions from the electric power industry is an effective way of reducing the nation’s contribution to this effect. The Bredesen Center has uncovered inconsistencies in the Clean Power Plan and its application to existing power plants. The identified inconsistencies have been shown to have negative implications on existing facilities. The Bredesen Center urges the Environmental Protection Agency to correct these inconsistencies and instead apply technology-neutral regulations on carbon emissions to all states in order to allow industry to employ a free market approach. A technology-neutral regulation methodology will provide both an accurate picture of the emission goals and the freedom for states to reach these goals in a manner most appropriate for their circumstance. This increased accuracy and freedom is more politically viable and therefore more likely to reach the emission reduction goals initially set forth by the Clean Power Plan.
Authored by Justin Knowles, Mark Christian, Emily Clark, Mary Alice Cusentino, Kristian Myhre, and Guinevere Shaw.