Google has filed a public comment in support of the Clean Power Plan, according to a report out of The Verge – who received a copy of the comment from Google. The comment reportedly not only looks to support the continuation of the Clean Power Plan, but also suggests it should be updated to go even further than had originally been intended during the plan's inception.
The Clean Power Plan was a product of the Obama administration as a means to curb the level of carbon emissions in the US. Most notably, through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the operations of power plants. However, under the Trump administration, there has been calls by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to scrap the plan completely and as a result of the short time-frame between its conception and application for scrapping, the plan itself has never really gotten off the ground. Which is why Google is now arguing the plan should now go further, as during the start-stop lifespan of the plan the times and the technology have changed to the point where the plan could see its emissions targets updated to be more in line with current guidelines and expectations.
While this is evidently a political matter and one which does cause massive debate on the origins and effects of greenhouse gases, Google does also argue that there is actually a national benefit to continuing with the Clean Power Plan that is simply beyond political biases. For example, Google argues introducing clean energy solutions is becoming increasingly cheaper and the plan itself acts as further encouragement for third-party companies — such as Google — to continue to invest in the technology going forward. Effectively, it is a job-creator in itself and economically sound. Google is not the only high-profile company to make its feelings known on this matter either, as Apple reportedly was the first major name to announce its support for the Clean Power Plan during the current debate. Interestingly, acceptance of public comments such as the one made by Google this week is due to end today (April 26), and so this move by Google has come at what is the very last opportunity.