WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today issued the following statement after President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled a Clean Power Plan to curb the effects of climate change by setting strong standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

“For too long partisan politics driven by bad science has gotten in the way of taking bold, decisive action to address climate change. When the scientific community agrees that man-made carbon pollution poses an existential threat to lives and livelihoods not only in the United States, but across the globe, we have a moral responsibility to act. Today's rule not only represents an important first step in meeting that moral obligation, it pushes us on a path toward a renewable energy future. I look forward to continuing to work to meet our growing environmental challenges head-on."

As the single largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., making up approximately 1/3 of total emissions, curbing carbon pollution from power plants is a vital piece of any plan to address climate change. The Clean Power Plan sets achievable standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The Northeast has seen the largest increases in extreme precipitation in the United States, including dealing with Superstorm Sandy. In addition to helping to slow climate change, the Clean Power Plan will result in significant public health benefits for New Jersey, particularly for the 9% of New Jerseyans who suffer from asthma.