Ask Louisiana Senators to vote NO on SB 650
On Tuesday, April 15, the Louisiana Senate Environment Committee will be considering legislation to water down Clean Air Act rules intended to regulate greenhouse emissions from industrial sources.
This proposed legislation is dangerous because greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fueled power plants have been shown to be a major cause of global average temperature rise, sea level rise and severe climate related events. Louisiana is one of the states that are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme storms and sea level rise.
Problems with the proposed Louisiana legislation:
This legislation is premature. USEPA has not even proposed, much less finalized, carbon pollution standards for existing power plants.
Passing a state law before the state has a chance to review EPA’s proposed standards could hamstring the state’s environmental agency. The language of the bill could lock the state into less flexible, less efficient, and more expensive pollution cleanup options.
The proposed legislation is illegal. The state can't trump federal authority and can't get more time for compliance than provided in the federal rules.
The state cannot set less stringent standards than provided by law under the Clean Air Act.
The Clean Air Act provides states with significant flexibility for regulating existing sources of carbon emissions. The State will not gain any additional flexibility and may lose flexibility by enacting the proposed legislation.
Please call or email the offices of these Senators and ask them to vote NO on SB 650.
Environmental Quality Committee
Senator Mike Walsworth (Chairman)
4007 White's Ferry Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291
Senator Troy E. Brown (Vice-Chairman)
P.O. Box 974
Napoleonville, LA 70390
Senator Sherri Smith Buffington
9973 Mansfield Road
Keithville, LA 71047
Senator A.G. Crowe
646 Carnation Street
Slidell, LA 70460
Senator Dale M. Erdey
P.O. Box 908
Livingston, LA 70754
Senator David Heitmeier
3501 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70114
Senator Dan "Blade" Morrish
119 W. Nezpique Street
Jennings, LA 70546
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