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MO to DC: Clean Power Plan Will Create Better Future

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., center, is among the lawmakers with whom concerned Missourians met to discuss the Clean Power Plan. Courtesy: J. Conner
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., center, is among the lawmakers with whom concerned Missourians met to discuss the Clean Power Plan. Courtesy: J. Conner
September 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – A broad coalition from across Missouri and the nation, including business leaders, health experts, environmentalists and concerned parents, is calling on lawmakers to get behind the switch to clean energy.

The now finalized Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agency calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from the nation's power plants over the next 15 years.

Jennifer Conner, an organic farmer and mother from Southwest Missouri, went to Washington to let her representatives know she's fed up with the dirty aftermath of coal-fired power plants and having to fight proposed coal-ash disposal sites in her backyard.

"It can cause cancer, neurological disorders, autism, the whole range of ill health effects,” she maintains. “Once we start investing in renewable energies, then we don't have to worry about disposing of dirty, toxic material on sites that are completely unacceptable."

While numerous reports have pointed to the Clean Power Plan's potential to create jobs and bring down utility bills, Republicans have called the rules massive federal overreach and claimed they will devastate the coal industry.

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to release his comprehensive energy plan for Missouri this fall.

Conner says she believes the Clean Power Plan is not just an environmental issue. She says while Missouri has a historic dependence on coal, it still has to be brought in from other states.

In contrast, she says renewable energy offers the chance for homegrown industries and jobs.

"It's what's best for our economy,” she insists. “Because they're manufacturing, you have people installing, and people maintaining systems. It's actually an amazing thing for Missouri."

Last year, Nixon sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking for additional “wiggle room” for states to meet the emissions targets.

The Clean Power Plan allows flexibility for states to tailor it to their own needs, but if they are unable, the federal government could step in as a last resort.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO