Renew Missouri is introducing a series of podcasts featuring legislative updates. In this week’s episode, we discuss the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and SB142.
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Lesta: Hello, you’re listening to This Renewable Life.
Eli: Hey, I’m Eli TInker-Fortel
Lesta: …and I’m Lesta Newberry
Eli: And we work on policy at Renew Missouri.
Lesta: Renew Missouri, as many of you may know, is a non-profit organization based out of Columbia Missouri and we advocate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the state of Missouri.
Eli : Thats right, and this update is for our supporters to let them know what’s going on around the state and what’s new a Renew Missouri.
Lesta:Yep, so we’re gonna relay some of this info to you and Podcast it out!
Eli: Podcast it out, that’s right, yeah.
Lesta: So this week on, This Renewable Life, we’ll be talking about Senate Bill 142
Eli: Senate Bill 142…….
Lesta:…Why do you tell the people about it?
Eli: [Laughter] Senate Bill 142, sorry, or SB142 is a bill proposed by Senator Gary Romine. It requires the Department of Natural Resources.
Lesta: or DNR.
Eli: To prepare a regulatory impact, on month prior to DNR submitting the Missouri State Plan to comply with EPA”s.
Lesta: or the Environmental Protection Agency.
Eli: Their Clean Power Plan.
Lesta: or the CPP!
Eli: Yeah! And the the CPP is the Federal Regulation which requires states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. So basically what this means is that the EPA allows every state to chose the specifics of their plan, and this bill adds an extra step to the process. Renew Missouri’s viewpoint on this is…we like it? Right?
Lesta: Thats wrong!! This is bad! Bad news!
Eli: Because it’s against the the EPA Clean Power Plan?
Lesta: Thats right, it is! So Senate Bill 142 is unnecessary. It wastes time and taxpayer money and the Department of Natural Resources is already required to prepare a regulatory impact report every time they propose a rule so..
Eli: So this is just making Missouri submit two of those basically?
Eli: Yeah, that seems ridiculous! And we’re in favor of transparency in government, but Senate Bill 142 is just an extra step that we don’t need.
Lesta: Yeah that right, we’ve already enabled, I mean DNR is
Lesta: Transparent because they already have to prepare a regulatory impact statement every time they issue a rule.
Eli: So, to me, this seems like this bill was proposed just to limit Missouri’s ability from complying with the EPA Clean Power plan, which is already required, on a federal level, Missouri has to do it. There is no way around that. And this is just a bill that is going to make that more time consuming, more costly, and it’s just an unneeded step, is what it seems like. It seems to me like it’s kind of an anti-EPA bill. So currently where is SB 142?
Lesta: So, currently Senate bill 142 has a place on the Senate calendar. It is coming attached with a senate committee substitute which is a slight, but very important change, to consider in this bill. All of the language is now neutralized. So instead of just reporting the negative impacts, the implementation impact report will include both negative and positive benefits, to everything from industries, consumers, citizens, the whole nine yards. So, it’s a step in the right direction but not to the extent of what we, Renew Missouri, would hope it to be.
Eli: So we like the state plan. Renew Missouri really, really likes the state plan. We think that reducing emissions from power plants by 30 percent is huge. And will be great on a national and state level. And it will be great for Missouri. It will create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic benefits. Just from efficiency alone, Missouri is poised to create roughly 3,900 jobs and save Missourians $180 million per year in energy cost.
Lesta: Wow! That’s a lot of money.
Eli: That’s a lot.
Lesta: That is huge.
Eli: I could use $180 million.
Lesta: Yeah, couldn’t we all. Recently, Kansas City Power and Light announced that it would close several coal plants and begin transitioning to cleaner forms of energy. Which the utility proudly admits, it is the most cost effective option for it’s customers. So what can you do about all of this? Well for starters, you can contact your representative. So Eli, why don’t you tell them how to do that?
Eli: Well, I use to be really hesitant to contact my representatives. But I’ve since learned that they really value input from citizens in the state.
Lesta: Yeah they do.
Eli: And you can give them that input by calling them, emailing them, sending them a letter or postcard even. And to find out your representatives info, a lot of us don’t know what are representatives phone numbers or addresses are, let alone their names. So how can you find out your representative’s info?
Lesta: Well, you can visit us at our website. So go to our homepage, at www.renewmo.org. Thats r-e-n-e-w-m-o dot org.
Eli: And on the homepage you can type in your zip code and it’ll pop-up with your representative’s info. Their phone number, their address, their email, everything you need to know about them. And you can send them input from there. So just send them a note, give them a call, and tell them that, you as a citizen, are opposed to Senate bill 142, SB 142. Right now the priority is to contacting your senators and try to stop it, nip in the bud. But you can also contact your representatives and let them know too. Just to double check.
Lesta: You sure can. And that’s not all you can do. You can also talk to your friends and family about the issue. Educate them just as we have educated you and get them to contact their representatives and senators and tell them No! No SB 142!
Eli: Absolutely. And if you want more info on SB 142 as well as kind of the points that we talked about, you can find that at our website and you can also always contact Renew MIssouri directly. Go to our Facebook page, facebook.com/renewmo.
Lesta: You can email us at email@example.com
Eli: thats r-e-n-e-w-m-o- dot org.
Lesta: Or you can email us specifically at firstname.lastname@example.org. That’s L-e-s-t-a.
Eli: And Eli, E-l-i @renewmo.org
Lesta: So yeah. Reach out to us, tell us your story. Tell us how your interaction with your state reps or senators went. Tell us.
Eli: We would love to hear if you did contact your representative.
Lesta: Oh, Eli! What time is it?
Eli: 1:21 PM. OH! Okay I am sorry. I didn’t pick up what you were saying there. It’s time for…FUN time.
Lesta: That’s right! So we are wrapping up here, we have almost ran out of time. But, we have a nice little nugget of fun.
Eli: A little treat for you, for sticking with us. For making it all the way through. Which is an accomplishment, I think.
Lesta: Yeah. I think so, too.
Eli: Good. So at the end of the month we will be hosting a trivia night in Kansas City. That’s Feurary 27th.
Lesta: And you can go to our website for more info.
Eli: What’s the website?
Lesta: It’s www.renewmo.org . So during the preparation for this trivia night we found some awesome, clean energy facts. If you know the answer for the following question, drop us a line with the answer and your name and we will give you a shout out on the next podcast.
Eli: That’s a great treat.
Lesta: It is. Are you ready?
Eli: I’m ready.
Lesta: Alright. Let’s go. Which country is the top solar powered country per capita?
Eli: Ohhh.. That is a good one.
Lesta: That is a good one. Myanmar.
Eli: Myanmar? Cool. That’s a good guess.
Lesta: They are probably the top solar powered country.
Eli: Yeah. Well it’s per capita. So it is possible.
Lesta: Yeah, it’s possible. Anything is possible. Not really. There is only one answer and these are not it.
Eli: No that is not it. No, we know the answer and it actually is kind of surprising, for me.
Lesta: So, send us your guess and we are gonna shout, shout you out on the next podcast.
Eli: Oh yeah! That’s our big gift to you if you get the answer right. We’re gonna just, say who you are.
Lesta: Alright so, this has been This Renewable Life. I’m Lesta.
Eli: I’m Eli.
Lesta: And we are signing off.
Eli: Yeah, tune in next time guys.