Apple alongside Amazon, Google and Microsoft today filed a joint amicus brief in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan that aims to introduce new emissions regulations. The EPA had some major pushback on the plan, so now Apple and the others are lending their support:

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…Tech Amici’s experience indicates that the Clean Power Plan reflects reasonable and attainable assumptions about the increasing availability of renewable generation in the nation’s power sector… Because the Clean Power Plan reflects reasonable expectations about the operations of the electricity market and the increasing use of renewable energy, Tech Amici submit this brief in support of the Plan.

Apple’s environmental efforts are notably led by its Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, who happens to be former Administrator of the EPA after leaving to join Apple in 2013.

In the brief, the companies gave the following three main arguments to outline their support for the EPA’s plan. Here’s the condensed version:

  • Using More Renewable Energy Mitigates Climate Change and Makes Good Business Sense
  • Tech Amici Are Using a Variety of Straightforward and Effective Strategies to Increase Use of Renewable Generation—Strategies That Are Also Available to Owners of Regulated Power Plants Under the Clean Power Plan
  • Trends Already Underway in the U.S. Electric Sector Affirm the Growth of Renewable Energy Generation Incorporated in the Clean Power Plan.

You can view the full 24 page brief here. And the NYTimes reports the case will continue with arguments at a United States Court of Appeals in early June.

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