Innovative rules under attack from GOP, corporate polluters


WASHINGTON – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the U.S. Senate Climate Change Clearinghouse and member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, will defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant carbon rules tomorrow at a public hearing held in Washington, DC. The new EPA rules would require states to reduce heat-trapping pollution from existing power plants, leading to a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2030.


Senator Markey was the co-author of the only comprehensive climate bill to pass a chamber of Congress, which included many of the policies that can be used by states to meet the proposed EPA targets, including market-based emissions reductions and renewable electricity standards. Senator Markey will fight back against the attacks on the EPA rules by Republicans and corporate polluters, and following his testimony will join environmentalists and others for a press conference.


WHAT: Senator Edward J. Markey testifies at EPA public hearing on power plant rules


WHEN: Testimony at 10:20 AM; press conference at 10:30 AM


WHERE: William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153
1201 Constitution Avenue, NW


Press conference to follow at 10:30 AM with Senator Markey and

- Delaware Governor Jack Markell

- Dr. Cindy Parker, Johns Hopkins Medical Professor 

- Cristobal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project

- Mark Magana, Green Latinos 

- Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus