Anastas: 'An Important Positive Step by EPA and President Obama'

Anastas: ‘An Important Positive Step by EPA and President Obama’

Two years ago, Paul Anastas returned to Yale after a stint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development.

So when the EPA today unveiled a new plan to curb carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, it was particularly meaningful for Anastas, a professor of chemistry at F&ES and director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

In one of the most significant climate policy initiatives in U.S. history, the EPA introduced a draft rule that officials say would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

In a statement, Anastas called it “a great day for our children and the future.”

“President Obama and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, under the leadership of Administrator Gina McCarthy, showed us all what leadership on the crucial issue of climate change looks like. Taking the positive steps to control carbon emissions is essential and the flexible approach that has been put forward by EPA allows the innovations of industry, scientists, and engineers to dictate the best way to attain these important goals. Science clearly shows that urgent action is required to address the worst possible consequences of climate change. The actions announced today represent an important positive step by EPA and President Obama.”