September 14, 2018

CT joins anti-coal power alliance

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut has joined a 50-member coalition of countries, states, regions and businesses committed to phasing out coal-fired power plants, the governor said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday he committed the state to the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which aims to phase out traditional coal power, place a moratorium on new stations and prohibits the state from building new coal plants.

Bridgeport Harbor Station, Connecticut's lone operating coal-fired plant, has said it will cease coal burning by 2021.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will develop new regulations that phase out the use of potent greenhouse gases known to contribute to climate change, said Malloy, who made the announcements while meeting with several governors at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

"While President Trump intends to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, Connecticut refuses to listen to coal lobbyists and climate change deniers when setting environmental policy," the governor said. "If the federal government will not act to mitigate the impacts of climate change, it is incumbent upon states to act to protect the one planet that we have."

Canada and the United Kingdom co-founded the alliance in fall 2017.

Last year, Connecticut joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition of U.S. states committed to the Paris Climate Agreement, which adopts numerous goals for countries to address climate change.

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