Clean Power Plan

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 3, 2015


President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is the latest strong signal that the U.S. is leading the world in addressing the threat of climate change. We are meeting our international pledges by taking action to cut down on greenhouse gas pollution from the largest sources and delivering on our responsibility to ensure a safer, healthier planet for future generations.

Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in our economy. By curbing emissions from these sources we are tackling the problem head on. As we continue to make progress in reducing these emissions, we are also ushering in cleaner sources of energy that will help us transition to a low-carbon power sector, while growing our economy.

Immediate, ambitious action is needed to lower our greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of climate change. The President’s Climate Action Plan, including today’s final Clean Power Plan, is already working to comprehensively drive down U.S. emissions, and lead the way for our international partners. These actions are all the more critical as we draw closer to the UN climate negotiations in Paris this December.