(Washington Times) A Democratic senator said Monday that President Obamaâ€™s controversial new carbon pollution rule is part of a â€œmoral dutyâ€ to protect the Earth â€” a goal shared by Pope Francis.
Sen. Edward Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, met with the pontiff last week and said Francis shares the belief that mankind must take to fight climate change.
â€œLast week, I met with Pope Francis and Vatican leaders about our moral duty to protect the climate. This is our chance to engage in a new era of cleaner energy job creation that will benefit all of creation,â€ Mr. Markey said, also declaring that the latest Environmental Protection Agency regulations mark â€œthe beginning of the end of Americaâ€™s long, dirty power plant era.â€
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will formally announce the carbon proposal later Monday morning, and the president also will speak about it during an afternoon conference call.
The plan is designed to limit carbon emissions from power plants. It calls for dramatic reductions in carbon pollution â€” 30 percent by 2030. [more]