(Austin, TX) // Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
“I’m proud of President Obama and the EPA for fighting to protect Americans from climate change and air pollution. There is an urgent need to act, and the President has answered the country’s call. My preference is that Congress would act, but we all know that’s not going to happen.” said Senator Ellis.
“Climate change is already here: the country’s twelve hottest years on record have come in the last 15 years, and Texas is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recorded history. If we want to leave our children and grandchildren a safe and healthy environment, we’ve got to limit carbon emissions – just like we’ve done with arsenic, mercury, and other pollutants.”
“Texas has already made great strides in recent years in growing its clean energy industry, and the flexibility provided by these new rules will help to expand our use of wind, solar, and other renewables even further.”
Senator Ellis serves on the Texas Senate Committee on Natural Resources and chairs the Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment.